THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by ALBERT COATES
ROBERT RADFORD (Bass)
SOLOMON (Solo Pianoforte)
IMAGINE yourself, as you hear this music, in the gorgeous royal court, in some Oriental fairy-tale land. The Wedding March is played when the doddering old King Dodon brings home, as his lovely bride, the Queen against whom he went out to fight. A procession of giants, dwarfs, negroes and others lead in the King and Queen, in a golden chariot.
ONE of the Composers who set Russian music firmly on its feet was Moussorgsky. His famous Opera, Boris Godounov, which was produced fifty-three years ago, treats the dramatic period of change in the two great Russian dynasties. Ivan the Terrible's weak-minded son has been replaced by the ambitious Boris Godounov, who is at first regent, afterwards Tsar. Boris has realized that his title is threatened by Ivan's younger son, Dmitri, and has had him secretly assassinated.
The Coronation Scene (the second Scene of the Opera's Prologue) takes place in the courtyard of the Kremlin at Moscow. The assembled people, kneeling, are loyally shouting, 'Long life and health to thee, Tsar Boris Feodorovitch!'. They sing of Boris' glory as he comes in procession from the Cathedral, and exhort each other to rejoice at the prospect of the new Tsar, 'our father beloved.' Boris is sad ; evil presentiments oppress him. He prays to his dead father to bless him. 'May I be just and merciful as thou,' he pleads. Turning to the people, he declares that they all shall feast as his guests. Amid renewed rejoicings he goes on his way, and the curtain falls to the shouts of 'Glory, glory! '