• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Symphony Concert, Part 2


We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
The scenarios and decor of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and the descriptive sub-titles, were suggested by Nicholas Roerich , painter, archaeologist and ethnographer. Roerich had been in charge of important excavations in the Novgorod Province, which had brought to light numerous treasures of neolithic art, and no one was better fittted to devise an artistic re-creation of the spring fertility rites of the pagan Slavs.
The work is divided into two parts : a ceremony of earth-worship and the sacrifice of a chosen maiden. After a slow introduction based on a Lithuanian folk-melody, come the ' auguries of spring ' (' stamping ' chords) ; the young beauties of the tribe dance, and there is a mock ' marriage by capture ' (a swift scherzo). Then come ' spring rounds ' (opened and closed by a lovely clarinet melody) and ' the gamea of rival communities '. Presently a Wise Elder appears ; he kisses the earth in adoration, and the first part ends with ' the winning of the earth by dancing '. After a gloomy introduction, the maidens begin the sacrifice, moving mysteriously in circles. There is a wild dance glorifying the chosen victim ; the shades of the tribal ancestors are evoked and worshipped ; and the work ends with a wild sacrificial dance.
An article on this work, by Edwin Evans , appears on page 14.
Tickets may be obtained from [address removed] Prices :
2S. to 10s. (including Tax)


Unknown: Nicholas Roerich
Unknown: Edwin Evans

Tell us more or contact us

Do you know something about this programme that we have not included above?
Or would you like to ask the Genome team a question?

Tell us more or contact us

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Feedback about Symphony Concert, Part 2, National Programme Daventry, 21.25, 1 April 1936
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're referring to: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/33a09173075145848f40b3bcf14ccbf7

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel