' Ring out the old—ring in the new'
GLINKA based his Opera, Russlan and Ludmilla, on one of the many delightful, fantastic Russian fairy tales, about dukes, knights, poets, dwarfs, fairies, and it gigantic head which blows and creates storms. The Overture is bright, energetic and direct.
THE pleasant mountain region of Bavaria. its people and jts peasant life are pictured in the melodious Suite of choral pieces by Sir Edward Elgar , of which two are now to be performed. The words are by the late Lady Elgar, in imitation of Bavarian folk-songs.
The Lullaby begins :—
Sleep, my son, oh ! slumber softly,
While thy mother watches o'er thee. Nothing can affright or harm thee.
Oh ! sleep, my son.
The last piece is entitled Aspiration, and commences :—
Over the heights the snow lies deep, Sunk is the land in peaceful sleep ; Here by the house of God we pray, Lead, Lord, our souls today.
8.15 HELENA MILLAIS (the Actress-Entertainer) in Light Songs and Fragments from Lifr. including ' Our Lizzie '
WIENIAWSKI (1835-1880) must have been one of the youngest pupils ever accepted at the Paris Conservatoire, for he was attending classes there at the age of eight.
For a time, after he had made his namo, he lived at St. Petersburg as Solo Violinist to the Emperor of Russia, but lie liked wandering best of all. and travelled all over Europe and America, playing. the Violin and seeing the world.
He is universal y known for his small compositions. He also wrote two Violin Concertos and a few other large-scale works.
The Romance from his D Minor Concerto is aptly described by its title.
The Finale has melodies in the style of gipsy music. The First is vivacious, the Second passionate, and the Third dance-like, with skips in it. The extreme brilliancy of the Movement is accounted for by the fact that the work was written for the Spanish virtuoso, Sarasate.