Tuesday 29 May
Please note: we will not be rehearsing on this day due to lack of available players (half term break)
Tuesday 5 June
All of the 1st, 3rd and 4th movements
Bizet Arlesienne suite no 1
From letter H to end
For your interest:
For your interest, Smetana prefaced the musical score with the following descriptive notes:
The Moldau represents an exceptional expression of patriotic or nationalistic music . The musical poem reflects the pride, oppression, and hope of the Bohemian people.
Two springs pour forth in the shade of the Bohemian Forest, one warm and gushing, the other cold and peaceful. Their waves, gaily flowing over rocky beds, join and glisten in the rays of the morning sun. The forest brook, hastening on, becomes the river Vltava (Moldau.) Coursing through Bohemia’s valleys, it grows into a mighty stream. Through thick woods it flows, as the gay sounds of the hunt and the notes of the hunter’s horn are heard ever nearer. It flows through grass-grown pastures and lowlands where a wedding feast is being celebrated with song and dance. At night wood and water nymphs revel in its sparkling waves. Reflected on its surface are fortresses and castles—witnesses of bygone days of knightly splendor and the vanished glory of fighting times. At the St. John Rapids the stream races ahead, winding through the cataracts, heaving on a path with its foaming waves through the rocky chasm into the broad river bed— finally flowing on in majestic peace toward Prague and welcomed by time-honored Vysehrad (castle.) Then it vanishes far beyond the poet’s gaze.