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 ot 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 a.nd 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.
' The Engineer in Adventure-The Colorado in Revolt'
MR, EDWARD CRESSY , who is well known in educational circles in the North, will be remembered by listeners for his previous talks on the ' Engineer in Adventure.' He is also the author of ' Discoveries and Inventions of the Twentieth Century,' ' An Outline of Industrial History,' and several other books on sunitar subjects.
GRAY and CLAUDE POLLARD
Silhouettes, Op. 23 (Arensky): Le Savant ; La Coquette; Polichinelle ; Le Reveur ; La Danseuse
IN Arensky we have a Russian who is. in some ways, hardly a Russian. In his pleasant, tuneful music we find few of those national qualities that so strongly mark the work of composers such as Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakof, and Moussorgsky. His is cosmopolitan music, with this good result, at any rate-that anyone can enjoy it at first hearing.
He wrote several sets of pieces for Two Pianos. This one is entitled Silhouettes in Hound, and includes five portraits: of The Scholar, The Coquette, Punchinello, The Dreamer, and The Dancer....
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