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When Strauss, early in his career, determined that his trne function was that of writing
' music of expression,' he decided to adopt the symphonic poem form, of which Liszt had been the pioneer, and it was of course Liszt that ho took as his first model. His first venture in this form was the orchestral work entitled Aits Italien , this was succeeded by Macbeth, in both of which the influence of Liszt was predominant. Both these fine works, however, were eclipsed by the two which quickly followed Don Juan and Death and Transfiguration. At the time Strauss took up this form, the symphonic poem had degenerated into mere attempts to tell stories in music; Strauss from the first never committed this error. The chief difference between the early symphonic poems of Strauss and the later ones is that in the former he was concerned how to express as much as possible within the limits of the form, whereas in the later ones his endeavour was to determine wliat he had first to say and then find the music that would best express it. Macbeth, which is a musical expression of Shakespeare's tragedy, incliues in construction to the earlier form.


Sir Thomas Beecham
Aits Italien
Don Juan

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The Music of Medtner

Regional Programme Midland

There are many admirers of Stravinsky who contend that Petroushka is the high-water mark of the composer's powers and the most brilliant piece of music he has ever written. It is, without doubt, the most popular. It was commissioned by Diaghilev for his Russian Ballet immediately after the extraordinary success of the earlier ballet, The Fire Bird. Petroushka is naturally at its most satisfying when performed in association with the stage. From the choreographic point of view it is one of the most interesting and amusing ballets Diaghilev has ever staged, and this, coupled with Stravinsky's amazingly brilliant orchestration and scintillating characterisation accounts for the fact of its universal popularity.

Regional Programme London

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Regional 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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