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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 18 August 3, 1938

Music Hath Charms

Music Hath Charms.

A sparkling comedy number by the Glee Club men—two Sea Chanties—opened the second half. The motions of Mr. Christensen, as described above, and the peculiar faces registered by certain members when negotiating top notes, made this item one of the highlights of the evening, and "Blow the Man Down" had to be repeated.

Marie Fletcher and Vesta Emanuel, looking pretty in green and brown respectively, sang a Mendelssohn duet. We learned afterwards that Marie had got out of bed to attend the concert, but, frankly, her voice seemed to us almost as sweet and fresh as usual. Vesta's rich contralto was most harmonious.

One of the well-known Chopin Polonaises (A Flat Major, we think) was played with technical brilliance but rather a lack of tonal modulation by Mr. Paul Magill, and a solo dance by Hilly Henderson was delightfully executed and fully deserved the encore it received.

As a reminder that the evening was drawing to a close, the choir sang "Goin' Home." a song written to the beautiful air of the Largo movement of Dvorak's Symphony No. 5 (From the New World), and as a contrast, followed with the bright "Carnavale" by Rossini.

The first two movements (we use of wind instruments like the flute, and strings were presented by a quartette provided by Dr. Keys. Mozart was the first composer to make real use of wind instruments like the flutt, which were considered rather a joke until he incorporated them in some of his finest work. The flautist's part in this work demands great skill, and the whole thing was exceptionally well played. The second movement—the theme strangely reminiscent of the "Minstrel Boy"—closed a very enjoyable concert.