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PARRY'S " NEBUCHADNEZZAR."

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PARRY'S NEBUCHADNEZZAR." First Performance at Swansea. The first public performance in Swansea of Dr Parry's latest dramatic cantata was given in the Albert-hall on Thursday evening before a large audience. The cantata depicts the life scenes of the King of Babylon. In the prologue the nar- I rator describes the besieging of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar his troublous dream, which the Chaldeins fail to interpret, making the king furious the success of Daniel's interpretation and his elevation to power the setting up of an image of gold on the Plains of Dura by the king, and his command to the people to come to its dedication. The prologue is treated by the com- poser as a cantilena, allowing a fully developed style of orchestral accompaniments, with phrases of cantilena for the voice, thus avoiding mono- tonous effect. There is introduced as an accompanist to the words relating to Daniel's vision, a soft melody by violins, oboe, and clarionet. Then follows The Dedication March," succeeded by the chorus of magi- eians, 0, king, live for ever," in which the magicians recite in chorus the king's command that all men should fall down and worship the golden image. Then is heard the chorus of the believers, asking for protection from the king's decree. Next, the chorus of the king's guards proclaiming the might of their ruler, and a second chorus of magicians followed by one by Hebrew believers. The Babylonians come to the dedication, the herald proclaiming the command of Nebuchadnezzar that all people should worship the image. Following that is a prayer of the Hebrews. A fanfare, of three trumpets, introducing a chorus of Babylonians who fall down and worship the golden image, proclaiming Woe to them that fall not." The magicians draw the attention of the king to the disobedience of Shadrach, Mesbach, and Abedneno, who, on being questioned by the king, reply That they will not serve his gods." The narrator recites, And these three men are bound and cast into a burning furnace." After an exultation chorus of Babylonians, is heard the chorus of guardian angels, We will watch and protect," and the king's exclamation, Did we not cast three men bound into the fire? Lo, I see four men walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt." Then is beard the king bidding them come forth, and come hither," and the chorus of the people, Lo, they come safe." The king cries to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego for forgiveness. The people, in chorus, echo his cry, thus ending the first part of the cantata. In the second part the king sgaia dreams, and is afraid. He appeals to the magicians for its interpeta- tion, and Daniel again interprets the d«>«5Tn. Alas, 0, King! thou art to hI" dr: ⢠n ir and thy dwellir naii be air»or»jr the of Uii field." The k questions, "is not this great Babylon that have built by the might of my power for be honour of my majesty?" Chorus of voice- "0, h ing Nevuciijiiueasar, the kingdom is departed troui thee." Then fol- lows a duet, bi. w. \u daugùter of Babylon and Daniel, Daci' intercedes ,è}-1 ihe people, in chorus, cry to fl" Cc.d oi -Daniel. The king, restored to reason, cries to the people to join m praise to the Great God, and this brings the cantata to a conclusion. The performance was a most decided success. The choir, conducted by Dr Parry, was one of the strongest which has assembled in the Albert Hall for some time, and sang with precision and effect, whilst the orchestra, led by Mr Woodward, was also a strong and most efficient one. Miss Marian Williams sang the soprano solos with Much feeling, particularly in the prologue, which was much applauded. Mr Hirwin Jones sang well in the tenor solos, and Mr Sauvage was in excellent voice. At the conclusion of the cantata the large audience demanded the re- appearance of Dr Parry, the plaudits being long continued. In the second part of the concert, Mr Haydn Parry played a pianoforte solo, accompanied by the orchestra, which elicited much applause. Perhaps the greatest success in the miscellaneous part of the concert was the rendering by Miss Marian Williams of Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim," which was encored. The united choir gave, for the tirst time, a new centenary chorus, composed by Dr Parry for tha jubilee of Sunday Schools in Wales. The concert was the most successful of the present season.

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