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At The Organ of The Classic Cinema

: The Belfast Wireless Orchestra

Conductor, Peter Montgomery
Maye Martin (soprano)
Clement Delibes was among the most successful composers of ballet music in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century when ballet was a very considerable part of the programmes in Continental opera houses. Delibes wrote two successful operas, amongst others, Le Roi I'a dit, and Lakmé. This latter work has been performed in recent years at Covent Garden Theatre, but Delibes is best known by his very successful ballets Cnppelia, Sylvia and La Source. Of these Sylvia is perhaps the best known, owing particularly to the Waltz and Pizzicato from it. The last movement is a Bacchanal, with satyrs, Bacchic priests, Muses, and Bacchus himself, in procession.
Sir Henry Bishop was for many years' musical director of both Covent Garden Theatre and the King's Theatre, Hay-market His duties entailed supplying a great deal of music of his own as well as other people's. This famous song is a setting of lines from Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, and was first sung in a performance, under Bishop's direction, of The Comedy of Errors. For more than a hundred years it has been a prominent item in the repertory of all prima donnas.
When Johann Strauss wrote his ' Tales from the Vienna Woods ' he probably had no other idea about it than that it should be danced to. He may have thought of it as an entertaining concert piece; he certainly knew it to be a more than ordinarily good bit of work ; but he could scarcely have imagined that, more than fifty years after it was written, it would remain one of the most popular pieces in the whole repertory of waltzes, that the world-famous-Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the equally famous conductor, Bruno Walter , would include it in one of the two programmes given on one of their rare visits to London, as they at the Royal Albert Hall a few months ago. Listeners who heard the performance on that occasion realised what an exquisite, gossamer thing it is, and why the crown of the ' Waltz King' has never passed to a successor.


Conductor: Peter Montgomery
Soprano: Maye Martin
Unknown: Clement Delibes
Unknown: Lc Roi
Unknown: Sir Henry Bishop
Unknown: Johann Strauss
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Unknown: Albert Hall

: National Programme

(The above programmes may be broken into by commentaries on the Davis Cup between 14.30 (2.30) and 17.15


' The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm '-2
The Gurglesome Noises,' by NORMAN HUNTER , told by UNCLE CLIFTON


Songs By: Dorothy Camlin
Unknown: Norman Hunter

: ' The First News '

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

: ' The Second News'

Weather Forecast
Second General News Bulletin

: National Programme

Weather Forecast for Northern Ireland at 22.30 (10.30)

: The Temple 100 Miles Motor-cycle Race

An Eye-witness account by HARRIE H. PALMER


Unknown: Harrie H. Palmer

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