THE BAND OF H.M. 17TH-21ST LANCERS, conducted by F. J. ALLSEBROOK, M.M.
EVERYONE knows Schubert's setting of Goethe's Erl King. It is interesting to compare with it that of Loewe (1796-1869), also famous as a song-writer.
The poem pictures a father and his sick child on horseback. The ghostly Erl King flies with them, unseen and unheard by the father, but seen and heard by the boy.
The hard riding through the night (verse 1), the boy's terror at seeing the ghostly figure (verse 2), the Erl King's wheedling invitation (verso 3), the boy's renewed terror and tho father's attempt to comfort him (verse 4), the Erl King's second invitation (verse 5), the boy's cry and the father's consolation (verse 6), the Erl King's grasp of the boy (verse 7), and the boy's death (verse 8) are all graphically pictured. ' WHY runs your sword so red wi' blood,
Edward ?'..... Edward answers, ' Oh,
I have slain my hawk so good, Mother.' But, says she, ' 'Your hawk's blood was never so red, Edward.'
Thus begins this fierce, tragic old Scottish ballad, which inspired not only Loewe a century ago, but stirred Brahms to write a Ballade for Piano, based on it, and, later in his life, a setting for vocal duet. Edward at last confesses he has killed his father ; and the strongest dramatic stroke is the son's curse, in the last verse, of the instigator of his crime
' And what wilt thou leave thy mother dear,
My son now tell to me. O !'
' The curse of hell you fro' me shall bear, Mother,
Such rede [advice] 1 yo gave to me, O !'
,YVONNE ARNAUD in a Harpsichord and Piano RecitalLIKE many other Composers, Tchaikovsky loved to seek a quiet summer retreat in the country, there to write in peace. From Moscow he used to retire for a period to the estate of his married sister, and here, in 1876, just after he had completed his Third Symphony, he wrote his Swan Lake Ballet, which had been commissioned by the Imperial Opera. The inspiration came so freely that he had the music of two Acts ready in a fortnight.
Unfortunately, the work, at its first performance, was badly mounted and poorly conducted.
Later, it had the fuller success which its charm and tunefulness and its skilful orchestration well deserved.
Selfish Giant,' a Short Tale by OSCAR WILDE
MISS CONSTANCE COLLIER 'S experience of the stage goes back to the time of A Gaiety Girl and The Shop Girl, in both of which she played at the outset of her career. Some of her most distinguished work was done in the six years that she spent at His Majesty's in the great days of Beerbohm Tree, to whose ' Antony ' she played 'Cleopatra,' both there and in Berlin.
Amongst her most successful parts have been Portia in Julius Censor, the Duchess of Towers in Peter Ibbetson , Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and, of course, the Duchesse do Surennes in that remarkable success, Our Betters; which ran at the Globe Theatre from 1923 to 1925. She has also recently embarked on dramatic authorship, in partnership with Mr. Ivor Novello, under the name of 'David L'Estrange,' one of their most popular plays being The Rat.
Address by the Rev. C. H. RITCHIE , Deputy Vicar rpHE REV. C. H. RITCHIE is Deputy-Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where he has been since 1923, and is known to all those who are acquainted with Britain's most famous broadcast church as a worthy second-in-command to Mr. Sheppard. He is shortly, however, to leave London for Edinburgh. Before going to St. Martin's Mr. Ritchie for some time held a living in New Zealand.
Rev. C. H.
Rev. C. H.
The Missions to Seamen-Appeal by Mr. G. L. PARNELL
THE ' Missions to Seamen' movement was founded, seventy years ago, by W. H. G. Kingston , whose stories of the sea are still being read by schoolboys, in conjunction with the work already begun by a clergyman of the Church of England amongst the sailors in the roadsteads of the Bristol Channel.
It now runs Institutes in ports all over the globe, from the River Plate to Japan. At these centres seamen can find rest, recreation, and opportunities for the exercise of their religion, of which they may have been deprived for months at a time. The movement has done much in many ways to bring about the ending of the bad old state of affairs when the sailor ashore was the predestined victim of waterside crimps and harpies, and to end the boycott, by the respectable elements of society, of the men who earn their living at sea.
The address to which donations should be sent is [address removed]
Mr. G. L.
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NOEL EADIE (Soprano)
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by PERCY PITT
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Adagio from Divertimento, No. 2, in D
NOEL EADIE (with Orchestra)
Air, ' Thou May'st Learn to Hate Me ' (II
Viola and Orchestra (K. 384)
(Solo Violin. JEAN POUGNET) (Solo Viola. HARRY BERLY)
Allegro Maestoso ; Andante ; Presto
Minuet from K. 599
March in C from K. 408