THE FODEN MOTOR WORKS BAND
Carilloneur, W. E. JORDAN. S.B. from Nottinghafn
THE bells of the Loughborough War Memorial are now becoming well known to listeners, and in broadcasting them the B.B.C. is doing much to popularize in this country a form of bell-ringing that has hitherto been almost entirely confined to the Continent, where Belgium is its historic home. In carillon ringing, all the bells-at Loughborough there are forty-seven of them-are rung by means of a series of wooden keys and pedals struck by the hands and feet of the carilloneur, the bells themselves remaining fixed at the moment that the clapper strikes them. The wide range of tone provided by the forty-seven bells gives ample scope for the carilloneur to display real musical ability, and Mr. W. E. Jordan , the Loughborough carilloneur, is fully qualified to exhibit all the resources of the art, of which'he. is a pioneer in England. Trained in Belgium, he was one of the first official carilloneurs to be appointed in this country, and the first to broadcast.
Mr. W. E.
FROM THE EDINBURGH STUDIO. S.B. from Edinburgh. Conducted by the Rev. R. H. STRACHAN. D.D., of St. Andrew's United Free Church. CHOIR directed by Mr. RAMSAY GEIKIE
Order of Service.
Psalm 102 (2nd Version) 13-18 Hymn 283
Address by Rev. Dr. Strachan
Anthem, ' Open Thy Gates ' (Herrick-Music by Julius Harrison ) Paraphrase 63
DR. STRACHAN, now minister of St. Andrew's,
Drumsbergh Gardens (United Free Church of Scotland), was Presbyterian minister at Cambridge from 1910 to 1918. In addition to being an eloquent .preacher, ho is an authority on literature, and has written a notable book on ' The Soul of Modern Poetry.' He is the author, also, of ' The Individuality of St. Paul,' ' The Fourth Gospel,' and ' The Fourth Evangelist: Dramatist or Historian ? '
Rev. R. H.
Relayed from ST. BOTOLPH's CHURCH, BISHOPS
INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND. Appeal by Mr. FREDERICK RANALOW
THE aim of the National Institute for the Blind is not merely to provide homes and comfort for the blind, but to educate them. For this purpose it runs a considerable Blind Press, publishing books and a great number of periodicals in Braille type ; and in its various training centres it teaches blind persons such highly-skilled trades and occupations as factory work and massage.
Mr. Frederick Ranalow , who is to make the appeal for the Institute this afternoon, is perhaps best known as the dashing Macheath of The Beggar's Opera.
Listeners have- frequently complained that they find it difficult to remember the address mentioned in the week's Appeal, and are often unable to take it down at the time. To meet this difficulty we propose in future to publish every-week the address of the institution concerned. In this instance donations should be sent to [address removed] Cheques should be made payable to The ' National Institute for the Blind.'
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Jules Massenet was one of those fortunate people who find their life work quickly, and are able to apply their gifts to the very best advantage. His early successes at the Paris Conservatoire were repeated as soon as he began to write Operas.
The Wireless Orchestra conducted by John Ansell.
Overture,'The King of Lahore' Ballet, 'Herodiado' Egyptian Dance; Babylonian Dance; Dance of the Gauls; Phoenician Dance; Finale
The King of Lahore, his first important opera, is based on a story from the Hindoo Mahabharata, one of the two great epic poems of ancient India. It was presented as a brilliant spectacle, full of rich colour both in scenery and music.
Tchaikovsky, who heard the work when it was revived in 1879, wrote to a friend: 'I know you do not care very much for Massenet, and hitherto I, too, have not felt drawn to him. His Opera, however, has captivated me by its rare beauty of form, its simplicity and freshness of ideas and style, as well as by its wealth of melody and distinction of harmony.'
Dennis Noble (Baritone, with Orchestra)
Vision Fugitive ('Herodiada')
When Massenet's version of the story of Herod and Salome was to be produced in London, the Censor objected to its title, Herodias, and to the scene of the story being laid in Jerusalem. So the work was called Salome, the names of the characters were changed, the background of the story was shifted to Ethiopia (probably most of the Palestine scenery did just as well-nobody minds, in the opera house!), and everyone was happy.
The Ballet is that by which Herod diverts himself and tries to forget Salome. There are in this Suite five pieces-Dances of Egyptians, Babylonians, Gauls and Phoenicians, and a Finale. 'Fleeting Vision' ('Vision Fugitive') is Herod's song about Salome, whose imago haunts him.
Scenes Napolitaines - The Dance; The Fete Meditation from 'Thais'
The monk, Athanael, has visited his old friend, Thaïs, in an attempt to convert her from her life as a courtesan.
He has been to her house, and she has openly mocked him. But he is not discouraged, and has left her with the words, 'At thy threshold until daylight I will await thy coming.'
Hero, in the Opera, is played the well-known Meditation. As to the significance of the piece, perhaps one should add that Thais repents and takes the veil, and Athanael finds too late that he is in love with her. (The Opera is, of course, founded upon Anatole France 's novel of the same name.)
Valse from 'Cigale'
Serenade du Passant
Elegie (with Violin obligato)
Berceuse and Entr'acte, Sevillana from 'Don Cesar de Bazan'
Don Cesar was written in haste. Another composer had undertaken to compose music for a libretto with this title, but withdrew only four weeks before it was to be produced. Massenet stepped into the breach, and had the score ready in time.
The Cradle Song is sung by the boy Lazarillo, who helps Don Cesar to escape from prison. The Spanish piece, Sevillana, was one of the greatest successes in the work.
Scene Alsacienne, 'Sunday Evening'.
The Last Dream of the Virgin