• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

A Sonata Recital


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.
DOROTHY MANLEY (pianoforte)
Arnold Bax 's Second Violin Sonata appeared in 1915 and expresses the composer's dominant mood of bitterness at that terrible period. With Debussy's ' En blanc et noir ' and Bliss's ' Morning Heroes ', it stands in the front rank of the few musical works directly inspired by the Great War.
The ' slow and gloomy ' opening strikes the emotional keynote of the whole work, but the composer so skilfully varies and contrasts the shades and aspects of tragedy that the Sonata has long been one of hid most popular compositions. It consists of four sections played through without a break. Perhaps the most striking is the second, a quick waltz entitled ' The Grey Dancer in the Twilight'. It is a haunting danse macabre, a grim vision of Death dancing over the battlefields of Flanders. The last movement is based on the ' slow and gloomy' theme of the opening, now savagely transformed almost beyond recognition.


Violin: Frederick Grinke
Pianoforte: Dorothy Manley
Unknown: Arnold Bax

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 A Sonata Recital, National Programme Daventry, 16.00, 28 October 1935
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're referring to: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/9567ce1270734cdbb335277e17cababf

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