Conducted by Clarence Raybould
WALTON'S 'Scapino' Overture was composed in 1940 and dedicated to Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee. Its full title is ' Scapino, a Comedy Overture after an etching from Jacques Callot's " Balli di Sfessania." 1622.' Scapino, whose name is derived from the word scappare, 'to flee' or 'escape,' was a famous stock character in the old Italian Comedy: a valet-cicerone and general handyman. If challenged to dagger-play he would take to his heels.
According to Pierre Louis Duchartre in his book on the Italian Comedy, he is ' very much like a starling. He skims away, swoops back again, twitters and warbles, pilfers right and left. flies off. but never falls to return. Scapino is bereft of all sense of logic: he makes confusion of everything he undertakes, and forgets everything except to hold out his hand for a gratuity. He is as amorous as the birds in spring, and for him it is spring the whole year round.'
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