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National Orchestra of Wales
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

As to the precise origin and etymological significance of the word 'Cassation' there is considerable uncertainty. According to some, it is akin to 'cessation,' with the implication of a concluding or farewell piece. Others have associated it (rather fantastically, as one might think) with the German Gasse, a lane, as implying open-air music. But there seems to be no general agreement on the point among the experts.
As to the kind of composition which it denotes, there is, however, no doubt, namely, an instrumental work of a light character, and in several movements akin to the Serenade and Divertimento. The well-known and charming example from which the movement now to be played has been taken was composed by Mozart at the age of twelve!

This is an effective Suite made up from the various dances comprised in the Ballet music of Massenet's opera, Le Cid, which had its first performance in Paris in 1885. The scene of the Opera being laid in Spain, Massenet took some half-a-dozen of the principal national dances of the country for the purposes of his Ballet, and made them the basis of one of the happiest and most effective portions of his score.

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Musicians:
National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor:
Warwick Braithwaite

5WA Cardiff

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