THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM POLICE BAND, conducted by RICHARD WASSELL ,
THE story of the escapades of the libertine
Don Juan , who was finally delivered over to the Evil One. was treated operatically by Mozart in a half-comic, half-tragic spirit. Don Juan was described as a ' Comic Opera,' but the dramatic elements were never absent for long.
There is a story of Mozart's composing the Overture the night before the Opera was produced, his wife keeping him awake by telling him fairy tales ; but that anecdote is probably a fairy-tale. It is quite likely, however, that he only completed his sketches of this part of the music within a day or two of the production.
The Overture reminds us of the sombre side of the story of Don Juan. Its slow Introduction utilizes themes associated in the Opera with the statue of the man he has murdered (which comes to life and drags him down to hell). The atmosphere of strangeness and fear is created by striking, yet simple, means.
The main body of the Overture suggests the Don's delight in amorous adventure. At the end, the excitement dies down, and the way is prepared for the serious events of the Opera's First Act.
Tn: x RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
RONALD GOURLEY (Whistling Solos)
BRENDA QUINON : (Syncopated numbers and light numbers)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
KINGSLEY LARK (Baritone)
THE HEWITT STRING QUARTET
GWEN KNIGHT (Soprano)
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