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: The Children's Hour

' Pomona in Ireland '—' The Jaunting Car', a dialogue story by W. M. LETTS


Story By: W. M. Letts

: 'The First News'

Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers, followed by Regional News

: Water Music

THE SEA, the river, and the lake, no less than the countryside, have inspired composers to write fanciful programme music on these subjects. The present programme offers a characteristic selection of this kind of music. It begins with one of the most beautiful and poetical of all Overtures, namely, ' Fin-gal's Cave ', of Mendelssohn, which was inspired by his visit to Scotland in the summer of 1829. In a letter he says : ' In order to make you understand how extraordinarily the Hebrides affected me, the following came into my mind there ' ; and here he reproduces the first twenty-one bars of his Overture. As a seascape or an impression of the sea the music gives a wonderful and subtle suggestion of the slow surge of the waves and the lonely beauty of the Hebrides. As a piece of music it is written with that perfection of craftsmanship and finely-balanced form so characteristic of all Mendelssohn's works.
The little piece ' En bateau ' (On the boat) of Debussy, from the ' Petite Suite ', is very simple in construction, but gives a charming idea of the movement of the water. Its naive realism is similar to that of Schubert's song ' Whither the accompaniment to which suggests the babbling of the brook with extraordinary fidelity. Elgar's ' The Fountain Dance ', from ' The Wand of Youth ' Suite, No. 2, is very graceful in rhythm and is scored with clarity and suggestiveness. The play of the fountain is delicately
, portrayed.
One of the most perfect little tone poems of its kind is Delius's ' Summer
Night on the River ' ; it is not that any actual impressions of the water are described, but the composer seeks to express in the music his own emotions felt one summer night on the river.


Pianoforte: Clifton Helliwell
Conducted By: Peter Montgomery

: ' The Second News '

Weather Forecast
Second General News Bulletin

: National Programme

Weather Forecast for Northern Ireland r at 22.45 (10.45)

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