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Sousa's Band: Stars and Stripes
Band of H.M. Grenadier Guards, conducted by Major George Miller : The Guards' Patrol (Williams)
La Garde Republicaine Band, conducted by Balay: Sambre et Meuse (Planquette)
Irish Army Band No. 1, conducted by Colonel Fritz Brase : Wearing of the Green (arr. Brase)
Band of H.M. Royal Horse Guards
(The Blues), conducted by Lieut. W. J. Dunn, M.C.: Knights of the King (Ketelbey)
Belgian Royal Guards Band, conducted by Prevost: Sonnerie a cheval et Marche du ler Regiment de guides (Bander, arr. Prevost)
Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards, conducted by Lieut. K. C. Windram : March, Royal Cavalcade (Ketelbey)
United States Navy Band, conducted by Lieut. Charles Benter: March, Anchors aweigh (Zimmer-man)


Conducted By:
Major George Miller
Conducted By:
Colonel Fritz Brase

at Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
Walter Widdop (tenor)
Paul Beard (violin)
Clifford Curzon (pianoforte)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
(ninety players)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by SIR HENRY J. WOOD
Strauss's ' Ein Heldenleben' (A Hero's Life) is played through without a break, though structurally it is made up of six sections, each of which illustrates either the character of the hero or an episode in his life.
Section I : ' The Hero'. The music depicts his character and introduces the theme associated throughout the work with the hero himself.
Section II : 'The Hero's Opponents '. These are the worldly elements of baseness against which his spirit strives until, in the end, it conquers.
Section III: The Hero's Helpmate'. The ideal helpmate is represented by a solo violin. She is capricious, difficult to woo, but finally surrenders to love. A lyrical and impassioned section. But towards the end of it the hero's enemies can be heard muttering in the distance, and a blast of trumpets summons him to battle.
Section IV : The Hero's Field of Battle '. This is a terrific piece of music, and although the conflict goes on actually only in the hero's mind, there is noise enough for a real battle. Encouraged by his helpmate the hero wins the fight ; his enemies retire and the hero, given breathing space, considers the after-math.
Section V: 'The Hero's Works of Peace '. He reviews the past in the light of his artistic development. It is in this section that Strauss introduces a number of extracts from his earlier symphonic poems and operas. It is in this sense that the work is autobiographical.
Section VI : The Hero's Flight from the World '. Despondency and doubt give way to hope and serenity; reminiscences of a stormy life break in on his peace, but love and inward happiness prevail in the end. His task fulfilled, and lost in memories, he withdraws from life.
Tickets can be obtained from the British Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W.1, Messrs. Chappell's Box Office, Queen's Hall, Langham Place, W.1, and the usual Agents. Prices: 7s. 6d., 6s., 5s. (reserved), 3s. (unreserved). Promenade (payment at doors only), 2s.


Walter Widdop
Paul Beard
Clifford Curzon
Paul Beard
Conducted By:
Sir Henry J. Wood

(Section C)
Led by Marie Wilson
Margaret Godley (soprano)
Roy Henderson (baritone)
Joseph Slater (flute)
A Section of the BBC Chorus
Chorus Master, Leslie Woodgate
Conducted by Harold Brooke


Marie Wilson
Margaret Godley
Roy Henderson
Joseph Slater
Chorus Master:
Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By:
Harold Brooke
Conducted By:
Roy Henderson

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