The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes
|NON-OPERATIC VOCAL SELECTIONS [Includes RealAudio Selections]|
|Band 9 [RealAudio available]|
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Voci di primavera (Voices of Spring) excerpt: cadenza
Marcella Sembrich (s)
March 30 or 31, 1900
[Mapleson's announcement: "...March the thirt..."; note on container: "Mad. Sembrich, end of Strauss Primavera 1900"; Glackens 86: "1900"; since Mapleson only acquired his machine on March 17 of that year, the last two days of the month are indicated.]
At the matinee performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia on March 31, 1900, Sembrich interpolated Johann Strauss's Voci di primavera (Voices of Spring) into the lesson scene, and this may have suggested her choice of the cadenza from this waltz to sing into Mapleson's horn on that day or the day before. Curiously, an orchestral cadence can be heard far in the distance after Sembrich finishes (and in the same key!), but since the cadenza is sung without the customary flute echoes (and because the singer is obviously very close to the horn), this can hardly represent an actual rehearsal, let alone a performance. The selection is pitched in B-flat, the usual key for this waltz (and the key in which Sembrich's commercial recordings also pitch comfortably).