J. Kyrle Fletcher
(9.30 Local Announcements)
The aim of Sir Herbert is to show that tuneful melodies are to be found in the works of great composers as well as small, and that there are many gems which would be popular in the true sense, if the public were not afraid of the great names attached to them.
The poet Dowson, who died so young in the first year of this present century, wrote a 'Dramatic Fantasy' called The Pierrot of the Minute. It is a dreamlike, fanciful poem, which stirred the imagination of Bantoek, and with this as subject, he wrote a 'Comedy Overture' for Orchestra.
Bantock himself gives us the story, thus:
'Pierrot enters a glade in the park of the Petit Trianon at twilight, led thither in obedience to a mysterious message, which bids him come to sleep one night within these precincts if he would encounter Love. Half whimsical, half fearful, lie wonders why he, so careless, thoughtless, and gay, should be filled with wistful longing, and in the fast-falling darkness he lies down on a couch of fern and falls asleep. A Moon-maiden descends the steps of the Temple of Love, and, bending over the sleeper, kisses him. He awakens and throws himself at her feet in rapt devotion, though she warns him that the kisses of the Moon are of a fatal sweetness and that:-
Whoso seeks her she gathers like a flower
He gives a life, and only gains an hour.
But Pierrot, reckless, demands the pure and perfect bliss, though life be the price to pay. With gay laughter and sprightly jest they learn together the Lore of Love; but daybreak approaches, the birds awaken, and the Moon-maiden must leave him. Together they gaze at the coming dawn; then Pierrot, sinking back on his couch, falls softly asleep once more, and the Moon-maiden vanishes.
'The Prelude ends with the awakening of Pierrot, his love-dream being but the illusion of a minute'.
Parry Jones (Tenor)
Air from "La Boheme,'Your tiny hand is frozen' ... Puccini
Two Aubades (Morning Greetings) ........ Lalo
W. H. Reed (Violin)
Three Lyrical Pieces ............ W. H. Reed
Chansonette; Slumber Song; Bagatelle
Millicent Russell (Contralto)
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
Words by F.E.Weatherly
Marching Song (No. 2, Song without Words)
Onaway, awake ('Hiawatha's Wedding Feast') Coleridge-Taylor
Valse Gracieuse (Graceful Waltz) ..... German
Where corals lie ('Sea Pictures') Elgar
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring .. Delius
Kamarinskaja ........................ Glinka
Waltz from 'Der Rosenkavalier' ('The Rose Cavalier') ................ Richard Strauss