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THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
DOROTHY BENNETT (Soprano)
ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto)
COCKAIGNE (or In London Town) bears the dedication To my many Friends, the Members of British Orchestras.' It is now over twenty years old, so it takes us back to London Town of the beginning of the present century; and, after all, it seems to make us feel London hasn't essentially changed so very much.
This Overture opens with a gay little tune, suggestive of a summer day. Soon this Tune is altered, sobered into the feeling of responsible citizenship. Perhaps we are now in the City, amongst the Aldermen.
Presently there-comes a tender, romantic Tune, said to represent two lovers who step aside from the bustle of the streets into a quiet corner of one of the parks.
Back comes the first Tune, now jauntily whistled by a perky London street boy.
After a while we hear in the distance a Military Band. It comes nearer and nearer until it swings along in front of us. Some snippets of the street-boy-tune are, very naturally, also audible. Then another Band is heard.
Repose comes. It is said that the lovers have sought the seclusion of a city church. But they soon emerge into the street again, with its familiar associations.
THIS exquisite piece was Wagner's birthday gift to his wife Cosima in the spring of 1869. It was written, and named, in honour of his son Siegfried. The first performance took place in the villa at Tribschen, on the lake of Lucerne, where the Wagners were staying during this happy period of their lives. A small orchestra had been secretly got together by Hans Richter (afterwards to become one of the world's great conductors). The players came early in the morning, assembled where they could in and about the hall, and Wagner conducted.
Most of the music is built on the melodies in the opera, ' Siegfried,' which are connected with the love scenes of Siegfried and Brünnhilde.
10.25 DOROTHY BENNETT and ESTHER COLEMAN

Contributors

Conducted By:
B. Walton O'Donnell
Soprano:
Dorothy Bennett
Contralto:
Esther Coleman
Unknown:
Hans Richter
Unknown:
Dorothy Bennett
Unknown:
Esther Coleman

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