from the Rivoli Theatre
THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM POLICE BAND
Conducted by Richard WASSELL
SCHUBERT, who wrote such lovely songs and such glowing orchestral music, was generally a failure when he tried to write for the stage. It is safe to say that nobody listening tonight has ever heard one of the dozen operas he composed.
And so, months of Schubert's all too short life go for nothing—or almost nothing, we may say, for a few isolated pieces from the large collection of his theatre music are to be occasionally heard at orchestral concerts.
Amongst that which happily has survived is the Overture known by the name of the play Rosamunde. As a matter of fact it was not written for Rosamunde at all, but for a ' melodrama ' called The Magic Harp.
Children's Play. Songs by Harold Howes (Baritone). Piano Duets by Nigel Dallaway and Margaret Ablethorpe
ANDREW BROWN'S OCTET
CHARLES TRUE (Baritone)
MOZART wrote his music for the Ballet
Les Petits Riens (a fanciful affair about three adventures of Cupid) when, at twenty-two, he was trying his fortune in Paris. He collaborated with Noverre, the great ballet master, and the pretty music of this slight work was the result. In all, there were thirteen tiny pieces in it. The Ballet was produced in 1778, and after that, the music was lost for nearly a hundred years. Then, in 1872, Victor Wilder , one of Mozart's biographers, found it in the Library of the Paris Opera.
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
'BARDELL v. PICKWICK'
(Adapted from the ' Pickwick Papers')
Dramatis Personce :
The Scene is the Court of Common Pleas.
There is the seat for the judge, table and chairs, witness box and jury box, with foreman and jury assembled, and the usual gathering of Counsel, reporters, attorneys, etc. Mr. Justice Stareleigh , attended by the Crier, enters.
(Picture on page 510.)
' COURTSHIP—ANCIENT AND MODERN '
A Duologue by FANNY MORRIS-WOOD
Scene I. The Year 1814
Scene II. The Present Day