S.B. from Glasgow.
Dramatic Recital, including West-Country Character Sketches.
Relayed from the Glen Pavilion, Clifton, Bristol
Sir Herbert Tree, the great actor-manager who made His Majesty's Theatre famous for many years as the home of spectacular poetic drama (Shakespeare included), had a great enthusiasm for the plays of Stephen Phillips. Of these he produced, in lavish style, Herod, Ulysses, Nero and Faust. In each case he asked Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to provide the Incidental Music. From his music to Faust, written in 1908, the composer arranged an orchestral suite, consisting of The Dance of the Witches, The Four Visions and Dance and Song from the Devil's Kitchen scene.
Massenet wrote incidental music for a play by Leconte de Lisle, Les Erinnyes (The Furies), dealing with the tragedy of Orestes, who murdered his mother Klytemnestra to avenge her murder of his father. The Furies, as the instruments of vengeance, torment Orestes. The usual Suite selected from this music consists of three pieces of Ballet Music-a Grecian Dance, The Trojan Maiden's Lament for her Country, and a Bacchanal.
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