Page 11, 24th January 1936

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MUSIC

By Charles G.

Mortimer

On January 30 the first production of Strauss's opera " 1,001 Nights" in this country will take place at the Rudolf

Steiner Hall. The Alan Turner Opera Company is responsible for this performance, having already produced with great success two other operas of Johann Strauss. • 1001 Nights " is long overdue for production in this country and it is strange that it should have been neglected. Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught have kindly consented to be present at the first performance.

On Wednesday, January 15, the Stock Exchange Orchestral Society held its annual concert at Queen's Hall. This society was founded in 1885 and has given over a hundred subscription concerts up to the present day; the orchestra was conducted by Edric Cundell.

It will be remembered that last year a series of recitals was held, giving the complete pianoforte works of Debussy. Has the same thing ever been attempted with regard to the pianoforte works of Scriabin, or, at any rate, a judicious selection? Here was another genius who found in the pianoforte a favourite means of expression. He was himself a famous pianist in his day, the delicacy of his touch being altogether remarkable. Unfortunately. like Schumann, he overtaxed his physical powers and suffered at one time the complete paralysis of his right hand. His case was regarded as very serious, but with amazing pluck he recovered the use of his lingers, though I believe to the end of his life he was slightly handicapped by the weakness of his right hand, which was noticeable, for instance, in rapid scale passages for octaves. Scriabin's pianoforte music was a chosen means of utterance when he was trying to embody certain mystical and theosophical ideas which are found in their fullness in his orchestral works. His methods were revolutionary and he was the inventor of what; was known as the " mystic chord." This was built up on acoustic principles; classical harmony confined its chords to the first five over-tones, but Scriabin continued the series till the sixteenth over-tone was reached. This sounds complicated to those who are not acquainted with his style, but it seems to have a logical justification and to be only an extension of what has been practised by every musician since the time of Rameau and Tartini.

Frederick Lamond's Jubilee

Frederick Lamond is well-known as an interpreter of Beethoven's pianoforte music. He is now approaching his jubilee. He was the pupil first of Von Billow and afterwards of Liszt, and Liszt during his last visit to London in 1886 attended a concert given by his pupil in St. James's Hall. Liszt was then 75. Lammond is heard at all the important concerts of our day, with the Royal Philharmonic Society, for instance, frequently at the Queen's Hall and during the Promenade season. It is not generally known that he is also a composer, having written a symphony, an overture and a quantity of chamber music. His name is a link to-day between two generations, almost between two epochs, for Lamond was already known in the reign of Queen Victoria. when the Crystal Palace concerts were the resort of musical London.

A Royal Sound-Film

An hermetically-sealed glass casket containing a sound-film made by the Duke of Kent has been presented at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, to Lord Greville on condition that it remains unopened for 100 years.

The film was made by the Duke of Kent when he opened the Antique Dealers' Fair last September, and it was presented to Lord Greville for St. George's Hospital by Mr. C. F. Turner on behalf of the executive committee of the fair.




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