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Relayed from the Queen's Hall, London
(Solo Lessees—Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
35th Season
MIRIAM LICETTE (Soprano)
JOHN THORNE (Baritone)
LAMOND (Pianoforte)
SIR HENRY WOOD and his SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Leader, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Beethoven and Mozart Concert
THE music to The Ruins of Athens, Overture and incidental music, is among the comparatively few things which Beethoven wrote to order. He was not one whose proud spirit lent itself easily to taking orders and carrying out commissions, but in 1812 he was induced to do two such special tasks. The occasion was the opening of a new theatre at Pesth-before the days when Buda-Pesth became one city, and two plays of Kotzebue's were chosen as the first pieces to bo performed—King Stephen, Hungary's First Benefactor and The Ruins of Athens. Having in mind the local sentiment which naturally clustered about such a new theatre, Beethoven lent his music for both pieces a strong flavour of Hungarian idioms, and the music is picturesque and tuneful, though rather slight as compared with the other work of that wonderful period in his career. The plays themselves ihave almost wholly disappeared from the present-day stage ; no Briton who ever read either of them can find anything astonishing in that, but Beethoven's two Overtures and the march from the second of the two plays, still survive happily, and are still deservedly popular.

Contributors

Soprano:
Miriam Licette
Baritone:
John Thorne
Pianoforte:
Sir Henry Wood

5GB Daventry (Experimental)

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