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Weber's piece has a 'programme.' This is how the Composer describes the music's story-background: 'At a ball a gentleman approaches a lady and asks for the pleasure of a dance. At first she hesitates ; he presses ; she consents. Now they converse more easily. He begins : she replies. Now for the dance ! They take their places and wait for it to begin. Then follows the dance. At its close, the gentleman expresses his thanks, the lady bows, and "the rest is silence."'
This was originally a Piano Piece. Berlioz made an orchestral arrangement of it when ballet music was wanted for a Paris production of The Marksman, and Weingartner has also arranged the piece. It is his version which we are to hear.

The Prophet was that John of Leyden, journeyman tailor, innkeeper, and religious zealot, who, with the Anabaptists, made such a commotion in Europe in the early part of the sixteenth century. Meyerbeer wrote some tuneful and dramatic music for the Opera dealing with these doings, but the only part of it we still hear at all frequently is the Coronation March, which accompanies the crowning of John in Minister Cathedral.


Richard Wassell

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