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The BBC Orchestra (Section D)
(Led by Laurance Turner)
Conducted by Stanford Robinson

Overture, William Tell ...... Rossini
Two Slav Dances, Nos 1 and 2 ...... Dvorak

The opera William Tell was first produced in Paris, at the Opera, in 1829. It was the most serious of Rossini's operas and, in fact, the last, for though he lived for nearly forty years longer, he wrote practically nothing after William Tell. Originally, the opera was terribly long. To Rossini's chagrin, the management first cut it down from five acts to three, and got the habit of giving no more than one act at any one performance. 'I hope you won't be annoyed,' said the director of the Opera to Rossini one day, 'but tonight we play the second act of "Tell."' 'The whole of it?' was the bitter reply.
Dvorak, as was natural, had an intense affection for the folk-tunes and native idioms of his country. Much of his music is influenced by them, and the many Slavonic Dances and Rhapsodies he wrote are, of course, based on them. The Dances were written originally for pianoforte duet, a common form in those days, but afterwards scored for orchestra, in the highly-coloured, luxuriant manner that the fiery rhythms and piquant melodies call for.

Suite No 2, Peer Gynt ...... Grieg
Irish Dance, Wicklow Fair ...... Cyril Dalmaine
Suite, The Veil of Pierrette ...... Dohnanyi
Waltz in a Ring; Jolly Funeral March; Wedding Waltz; Minuet
Ernst von Dohnanyi, the Hungarian composer and pianist, knows England very well. He came to London first in 1898, and has been here often since. His music is clear cut, witty, modern, and delightful - €”four qualities not too often found travelling together in the same compartment. This work is a ballet and was first staged at Dresden twenty-two years ago. It was followed by an opera, but of late years Dohnanyi's recital tours abroad and his academic duties at home have apparently made a breach in the time left for him to compose.

Shepherd Fennel's Dance ...... Balfour Gardiner

Balfour Gardiner, Cyril Scott, Roger Quilter, and Norman O'Neill were all studying at Frankfort, under Professor Knorr, at the same time, and became known, in consequence, as the "Frankfort Gang". Percy Grainger was there, too, but not under Knorr. That was at the close of last century, and since then, as everybody knows, the "gang" has made good.
Balfour Gardiner has always been intensely active in the interests of his British contemporaries, and has given notable concerts with that end in view. He has not, himself, written a great deal, but several of his works, among them "Shepherd Fennel's Dance", became instantly popular, and have rightly remained so. Shepherd Fennel is a character in Thomas Hardy's "Wessex Tales", and the music is based on an episode therein.

Contributors

Musicians:
BBC Orchestra (Section D)
Orchestra Leader:
Laurance Turner
Conductor:
Stanford Robinson

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About National Programme

National Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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