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(From Birmingham)
Conducted by Joseph LEWIS
Overture, ' In Memoriam '
9.15 JOHN ARMSTRONG (Tenor) and Orchestra
Song Cycle, The Songs of the Wrens '
(Arranged for Orchestra by V. Hely-Hutchinson)
On the Hill : At the Window ; Gone ; Winter; Spring ; The Letter ; No Answer ; No Answer; The Answer; When; Marriage Morning; Orchestra
Incidental Music, ' Henry VIII '
In- its gratitude for the immortal Gilbert and Sullivan operas, the present generation is a little apt to forget the manysidedness of Sullivan's genius. Everybody knows ' The Lost Chord,' to be sure, but thousands of soldiers and civilians must have shouted ' Onward, Christian Soldiers ' without realizing that they owed its splendid tune to the same inspired hand which gave us The Mikado. He wrote a good deal of church music which is still in regular use, as well as sacred choral works and such serious cantatas as The Golden Legend. And his Grand Opera Ivanhoe, recently broadcast, must still be fresh in the memory of listeners.
He was associated more than once with productions of plays, and the music for* Henry VIII was specially written for a production of the play in Manchester by Charles Calvert. It has ever since remained popular, and in the form of a Suite is known to countless listeners to light-hearted as well as to serious programmes. It belongs to the same year, 1878, as ' The Lost Chord,' whose composition was inspired by the loss of his elder brother. The In Memoriam Overture is a much earlier work, dating from 1866, Sullivan's twenty-fifth year. It owed its being to the death of Sullivan's father, and is a sincere and devotional expression of its author's personal grief. It made its first appearance at the Norwich Festival in the same year. Comparatively few of his songs, except those from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, are now sung, but a generation ago they enjoyed an immense popularity, one to which their many fine qualities do indeed entitle them. The Cyele, The Songs of the Wrens, was originally set for voice with pianoforte accompaniment. It has been deftly arranged for orchestra by Victor Hely Hutchinson, who is already known to listeners as pianist and composer.


Conducted By:
Joseph Lewis
Henry Viii
Henry Viii
Charles Calvert.
Victor Hely

5GB Daventry (Experimental)

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