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A PICTURE PAINTED BY-MURIEL HERBERT
(Soprano), ARTHUR BECKWITH (Solo Violin), CECIL DixoN (Pianoforte)
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL
Arranged and announced by CECIL LEWIS
SHORTLY after the War Mr. Lewis spent two years in the heart of the oldest civilisation in the world, teaching the newest of the arts - namely, in Pekin, teaching the Chinese how to fly. In this programme he will attempt to convey something of the elusive atmosphere of that Oriental culture which is so apt to vanish when it is translated into the mediums of the West. The scope of such an undertaking may be realised if one tries to imagine the compilation of a programme that should express the atmosphere of Great Britain when performed at Pekin in Chinese. But Mr. Lewis has made a selection of music inspired by Chinese influence - whether actually by Chinese composers or not - and reinforced by a series of vignettes of his own composition-designed to strike the appropriate note and introduce the music to listeners unfamiliar with the background against which it arose. It is impossible to present a panorama of China-it is too vast and complex for that ; but a searchlight, picking out a spot here and a spot there, can do much to make up a picture, and that is what Mr. Lewis has attempted to do in this series of vignettes of which to-night he is giving us the first.
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