Relayed from the Central Hall, Newport
Miriam Licette (Soprano), Hubert Eisdell (Tenor), Harold Williams (Baritone), The Chorus of the Newport Choral Society
National Orchestral of Wales
(Leader, Albert Voorsanger)
Conductor, Arthur E. Sims
Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha (Coleridge-Taylor)
Coleridge-Taylor set three different parts of the Hiawatha story to music, and though they were not at first planned as a whole, their music follows, one section on another, as naturally as the different parts of the poem. The work is one of the happiest instances of a wholly successful blending of poetry and music. It is difficult to think of any other composer who could have fitted Longfellow's metre with music which lends it so much vividness and colour. Two parts of the story are to be sung by the Newport Choral Society, the first telling of the Wedding Feast, and how Pau-Puk-Keewis danced at Hiawatha's wedding.' The second is the death of Minnehaha, beginning, 'Oh, the long and dreary winter,' and finishing with a tender farewell as Minnehaha is buried.
I. Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast
Chorus: 'You shall hear how Pau-Puk-Keewis'
Chorus: 'Then the handsome Pau-Puk-Keewis'
Chorus: 'He was dress'd in shirt of doe-skin'
Chorus: 'First he danc'd a solemn measure'
Chorus: 'Then said they to Chibiabos'
Tenor Solo: 'Onaway! Awake, Beloved'
Chorus: 'Thus the gentle Chibiabos'
Chorus: 'Very boastful was Iagoo'
Chorus: 'Such was Hiawatha's Wedding'
II. The Death of Minnehaha
Chorus: 'Oh, the long and dreary winter'
Chorus: 'Into Hiawatha's wigwam'
Baritone Solo: 'And the foremost said, 'Behold me'
Soprano Solo: 'And the other said, 'Behold me'
Chorus: 'And the lovely Minnehaha'
Chorus: 'Forth into the empty forest'
Baritone Solo: 'Gitche Manito, the Mighty'
Chorus: 'In the wigwam with Nokomis'
Soprano Solo: "Hark," she said, "I hear a rushing'"
Soprano Solo: 'Wfthonomin! Wahonomin!'
Baritone Solo: 'Wahonomin! Wahonomin!'
Chorus: 'And he rushed into the wigwam'
Soprano Solo: 'Then he sat down, still and speechless'
Chorus: 'Then they buried Minnehaha'
Baritone Solo and Chorus: "'Farewell!"' said he, "Minnehaha"'
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