relayed from Westminster Abbey
Songs (with choruses) by J. R. Castling. ' Hepzibah Hen 's Goloshes' (Olwen Bowen ); Zoo Clothes' by L.G.M. of the Daily Mail
, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN.
FIRST GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN
'The Mind of Reptiles, Amphibians and Fishes.' S.B. from Aberdeen
British Inventions and Discoveries
by the Bands of H.M. GRENADIER GUARDS, IRISH GUARDS, and ROYAL AIR FORCE. Relayed from the Motor Show Ball, Royal Albert Hall
. ' On Humour '
THE Editor of Punch probably sees moro of humour, genuino and alleged, than any other single person in the British Isles. Sir Owen Seaman has occupied that exalted position for twenty years, and the number of jokes that ho has considered in that time must run into astronomical figures. In addition to his writings in Punch over the initials ' 0. S.,' ho has published several books of light verse which show that the task of judging other people's humour has not dulled his own.
Sung by VIVIENNE CHATTERTON Morgen (To-morrow), Op. 27
Traum dureh dio Dammorung (Dream Through the Twilight), Op 29
Nachtgang (Night Journey), Op. 20
Schlagendo Herzen (Boating Hearts), Op. 29 Liebeshymnus (Hymn of Love), Op. 32
THE first two songs in the above list are the most beautiful that Strauss has written.
In Morgen (a lover's song of content with the morrow) the melody is entirely in the Piano. It starts as a Piano solo. Just as it is about to end, the voice enters quietly. The vocal phrases continue, weaving themselves about the melody as the Piano plays it for the second time. A few chords then support a dreamy recitative ; tho melody begins a third time, but soon fades into silence.
No song more aptly fits its title than Traum durch die Dammerung. It is dreamy twilight music, quietly rapturous. The harmony is almost scented, and the gently waving accompaniment may be likened to the swaying of long grasses in tho faintly stirring air of eventide. Everything in the song, viewed as a piece of music, is nicely calculated. The words say: 'In the glamour of eve I go peacefully to lover-land.'
The troubled harmony of Nachtgang is in contrast to the peace of the foregoing song. That was natural and ordered ; this is unnatural and disordered. The clue to tho composer's purpose is given by the last line: I kissed thy lips gently and my soul wept '-the self-pitying German poet again.
In Schlagende Herzen we turn with relief to tho spring sunshine and the love of boy and maid on the mountain side. ' 'Kling, klang' beats his heart, both in the voice and on the Piano.
Liebeshymnus is a pÃ¦an of praise to tho day when first they gazed into each other's eyes. It contains some very involved harmony and some fine ecstatic melody. Singers of good vocal and expressive resource find scope in such a song as this.
SECOND GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN.
GWEN FARRAR and BILLY MAYERL
MISS GWEN FARRAR is known to all frequenters of variety and revue as one of the most piquant and original comedy singers of recent years. She was, quite recently, a student at tho'Royal Academy of Music, where she won three gold medals. After finishing her course there, she formed a partnership with Miss Norah Blaney. and together they appeared in Pot-Luck, Bats, Yes, and The Punch Bowl, as well as on the halls. Her present partner, Mr. Billy Mayerl , was formerly pianist to the Savoy Havana Band.
ORPHEANS and THE SYLVIANS from the Savoy Hotel