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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 7. 1962.

Talent in the Music Club?

Talent in the Music Club?

The University Music Club's concert deserved a bigger audience, than it got. Maybe Vic. doesn't care that it has a music club with some resources of talent; but perhaps it doesn't know — does the club committee advertise enough?

Wednesday's crowd didn't look too bad during Maurice Quinn's performance of yet another of those off-the-peg Telemann sonatas.

When most of the audience trooped onto the stage to sing an unaccompanied medieval sequence, motet and Missa Brevis, we realised how few of us were left on the floor to applaud. As it turned out, we applauded Warren Bourne's choir more on principal than out of conviction.

It was good to hear early music tackled so gamely. Mr Bourne should be asked to tackle more, and the importing of Roy Murphy's trombone to support the tenor line of the motet was imaginative and right. But the whole thing sounded (and perhaps was) grotesquely under-rehearsed — resonant attack after resonant attack sinking into embarrassed fumble.

Generous Noise

The magnificent F minor Schubert Fantasy for piano duet came as a relief afterwards. Though Jenny McLeod and Murray Brown tended to rant and roar in the aggressive parts and their texture throughout tended to be muddy, their balance and sense of architecture was always satisfying.' Treatment of the relaxed moments was often very beautiful.

The evening ended with a group of bass-baritone songs sung by Nelson Wattie, who made an intelligent and generous noise, though perhaps throwing his weight around overmuch. Having struggled manfully with a movement from a Bach church-cantata, brought the house down with a Hugo Wolf comic piece and peered dimly at a Debussy chanson, he riveted all our attention with two ghoulish ballads: one of Moussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death, and David Farquhar's setting of "Lord Randall."

The composer was heard to murmur that there was more Wattie than Farquhar in the latter, but the Moussorgsky alone was worth the price of admission (sixpence optional, coffee included). Why weren't there more people to hear it?

Result of Presidential Election—May, 1962 First Count: Broadfoot, J. M 150 Dwyer, W 279 Moriarty M. J 445 Perham, W. J 254 Informal: 15 Total Poll: 1,143 Second Count: Dwyer (37+279) 316 Moriarty (69+445) 514 Perham (23+254) 291 Informal (Dead) 7 Final Count: Dwyer (51+316) 367 Moriarty (131+514) 645 Informal (Dead) 109 Required Majority: 572 Percentage Vote: 32.91 G.E.THOMAS, Returning Officer