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The Station Orchestra:
Overture, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Muriel Sotham (Contralto) and Orchestra:
"But the Lord is Mindful", from "St. Paul"
Saul had 'made havock of the Church', and was journeying to Damascus to continue his persecution, when he was struck to the earth, heard the Lord's voice, and was converted.
The Air we are to hear comes in the Oratorio immediately before the scene of the conversion. It is a song of comfort for persecuted folk: 'But the Lord is mindful of His own, He remembers His children. Bow down before Him, ye mighty, for the Lord is near us'
The Station Chorus:
Part Songs -
"Farewell, My Home"
"Land of Beauty"
Harold Mills (Violin) and Orchestra:
Concerto - Second and Third Movements
Mendelssohn's only Concerto for Violin and Orchestra is among the most popular of all such works, and has often been described. It will suffice to remark that in the Second Movement (Moving gently), after a few introductory bars, the Solo Violin begins a long, tranquil 'Song without words.'
Following on the Second Movement, there is a passage of meditation and indecision for Strings (led by the Soloist), then, with a preliminary fanfare, we are plunged into the Third Movement - the lightest, most delicate of fleet-footed dances.
Molly Bell (Pianoforte):
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor
No.2 of "Six Children's Pieces" (Andante Sostenuto)
Scherzo in E Minor, Op. 16
Chorus and Orchestra:
"Happy and Blest Are They", from "St. Paul"
This chorus serves as a commentary and meditation on the death of Stephen, at whose martyrdom Saul was present.
The words are: 'Happy and blest are they who have endured. For though the body dies, the soul shall live for ever.'
The Home Sigh
Song Without Words, No. 25, Op. 62, No.1 On Wings of Song
'Reformation' Symphony - Chorale, Variation, and Finale
The 'Reformation' Symphony (Mendelssohn's fifth work in this form, and his Op. 107) was written for the Tercentenary Festival of the Augsburg Protestant Confession, which was celebrated in Germany in 1830. Sectarian controversy, however, caused the first performance to be postponed for two years. Unlike most Symphonies, the 'Reformation' is in seven Movements, some of them quite short.
The Movements we are to hear are the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh.
V. (Slowish, but with movement.) Here the famous Chorale or Hymn-Tune "A Safe Stronghold" ("Ein Feste Burg") is given out, the first line by a Solo Flute. In the second line Oboes, Clarinets, and Bassoons join in, and the rest of the Orchestra enters during the remaining lines.
VI. is a Variation on this Tune (Quick and lively). The Strings run in figures of three notes, while bits of the Hymn-Tune are heard on Oboe, Clarinet, etc. This again leads without break to -
VII. (Quick and Dignified.) A massive Tune stalks up and down in arpeggio form - ascending and descending the stairs three or four at a time, so to speak. Violas, 'Cellos, and Basses give out a Tune (beginning fairly high up with four repeating notes), which is imitated by the other Strings in turn. Then the Second Main Theme appears in the Wind - a marching Tune that starts rather like a trumpet-call. The 'Safe Stronghold' Theme is woven into the rest of the Movement, the hymn's last lines being given out at the close, with full power.