The Incidental Music to the Photographic Exploration Group's Film "Wild Peace"
Muriel Arnold (Violin)
Nora Hutchinson (Timpani)
Mary Reynolds (Cello)
Larry Bradshaw (Bass)
Frans Coetzee (Oboe)
Thomas Fielden (Organ)
Michael Rademeyer (Guitar)
Peter Short (Bassoon)
With the Trumpeters of the City of Bulawayo Bantu Brass Band
(Directed by J. HARLEY BRIMS. By permission of the Mayor and City Council)
Soprano: Marjorie Hird
The Composer at the Piano
Only from the detached Olympian height of a modern aircraft can you truly appreciate the primeval landscape that is Africa: her huge plains and mountains, her wide swamps and lakes—from that enormous inland Sargasso, the Sudd, to inland seas like the Victoria Nyanza.
So as you fly above this plenitude of glory, let your eye pin-point a great bird-covered marsh leading into a giant African river: let your imagination land you safely on the smooth water, among the reeds.
For where water is, life is; and in the Wild Peace of Africa can be found, around, this vast swamp and along the broad ribbon of the African river whose headwaters are here, reptiles and fish, birds and insects: the giants of the wilderness—giraffe and rhino, elephant and hippo, powerful buffalo: dainty timid antelope and the mischievous monkeys in their trees: Egyptian geese, the portly pelican, the elegant crested crane: and, silent but aware in his majesty, the lion of Africa. King of all beasts, golden and supreme, his domain lies along the flanks of that king of rivers, the Zambezi maned like him, but maned with a white thunderous surge of tempestuous waters—the mighty Victoria Falls. For peace is sometimes disturbed...
Let us trek, then, on a musical safari, along the reaches of this African river, towards that cataracting mantle of drifting spray.
Air. Scenes round the feedwaters of an African river.
Variation 1: Concerned with birds'—on the wing; fighting; fishing; or nestling in a tree.
Variation 2: Reptiles. A Dirge, here, for one snake being eaten by another.
Variation 3: Hippopotami—for them, a musical joke.
Variation 4: Insects; mere droplets in the ocean of the 'bush'.
Variation 5: Buck—beautiful, ever watchful; often in distress.
Variation 6: Giraffe; inclined to be angular, but not always ungraceful.
Variation 7: Elephant. Knowing; perhaps unknowable.
Variation 8: Lion. Uneasy maybe other crowned heads', but seldom theirs.
Coda: The Victoria Falls; sometimes calm, sometimes furious. Splendid, always.
GALP 1002 Rozinkes Mit Mandlen
BENNY MICHEL and his Orch.
GALP 1003 Everybody Dance
KEN ESPEN with Rhythm Accomp.
GALP 1004 Benny Roll Baker Plays Music-Music-Music
BENNY BAKER and his Trio
GALP 1005 Club International
ARCHIE SILANSKY and Quintet
GALP 1006 Pack Up Your Troubles
DUFFY RAVENSCROFT and his Boys
GALP 1007 Alec Benjamin Presents Pianola Playtime
GALP 1010 Sundown At Lourenco Marques
With Microgrooves and Perfect Sound Reproduction
GALLO (AFRICA) LTD., PRESIDENT STREET, JOHANNESBURG
This soundtrack to the film Wild Peace, made in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), is the first locally pressed (in South Africa) 12" Gallotone record (GALP 1000). According to Rob Allingham it is quite unusual in that it is not listed in any Gallo catalogues and was probably a private pressing. The lowest numbered record listed in Gallo catalogues is GALP 1001, Prys Die Heer by Jerry Shanahan from early 1958.
Note that the liner notes of this record lists GALP 1002 through GALP 1010 which is also unusual in that it must have been known at the time of the pressing that these records were to be issued. Another oddity is that its matrix numbers, ABC 16801 and ABC 16802, come after those of the Benny Michel recording (GALP 1002) which are ABC 15888 and ABC 15889.
The music itself is 'light' classical and is surprisingly pleasant. The recording however is quite poor. I had to really crank the volume up to even barely hear the sound. Perhaps this could explain why the album is not listed in any Gallo catalogue.