By EDGAR T. Cook , Organist of Southwark
Cathedral, with Miss 0. B. DAVIDSON (Violin). Relayed from Southwark Cathedral
THE ORGAN :
and MARGARET COCHRAN (Soprano), SINCLAIR LOGAN (Baritone)
, A Walk Through a Beautiful Old
Town -Guildfold '
, from the Royal
MARTHA Lou (Mabel Marlowe ). ' How Sir Galahad came to the Court of King Arthur.' Songs by R. F. PALMER. Piano Solos by CECIL E. Dixon
, from the Rialto
FIRST GENERAL NEWS
Mr. DESMOND MACCARTHY : Literary Criticism
-BERT COOTE and COMPANY
In a Sketch entitled
P. Pir, DETECTIVE, by Horace Kenney
MURIEL GEORGE and ERNEST BUTCHER
FLOTSAM and JETSAM
FLORENCE OLDHAM (Vocal Commere)
CHARLES KELLY and Lucy PIERCE (Pianoforte) THE CHENIL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN BARBIROLLI. Leader, BORIS PECKER
WHEN we talk of music being turned out by the yard we usually imply that it is poor stuff. But Handel was one (and Rossini was another) of the great Composers who could turn out music by the furlong, music of fine quality which we still want to play and hear in 1926. The twelve Groat Concertos (Concerti Grossi ), of whrch this is the seventh, are a case in point. Handel wrote them in a month.
These are not Concertos in the modern meaning, that is, works written for a Soloist and an Orchestra. Handel used an Orchestra of stringed instruments and Harpsichord and divided it into two groups of players. One group consisted of two Violins and a 'Cello, and the other comprised the remainder of the Orchestra.
These groups are played off one against another, all through the work, having alternate cuts at the music, so to speak; and sometimes they are combined.
His seventh Concerto Grosso has five Movements, the first and third short and slow, the others in varying degrees of liveliness. The last Movement, a Hornpipe, shows that syncopation is no new thing.
in C Major, for Two Pianos and THIS Concerto by Bach comes nearer to the modern form in which a Soloist (two in this case) plays a conspicuous part in an orchestral background.
It consists of three Movements :-
FIRST MOVEMENT. A Quick Movement in which two Pianos are played mostly in a kind of dialogue.
SECOND MOVEMENT. A Slow Movement for the Pianos only.
THIRD MOVEMENT. A Fugue written on a bright Tune.
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Interpreted by WILLIAM PRIMROSE Partita in B Minor
VIOLINS can bo carried about. Pianos and such instruments cannot. Hence the need of music for Violinists to play without the accompaniment of a keyboard instrument.
No composer has written more of this music than J. S. Bach , and Violinists signify their gratitude to him by playing his unaccompanied works frequently-that is, if they are proficient in their technique. For these works are difficult. In music we must have chords of harmony ; these can be played on the Violin only by using two or more strings at once, and this greatly increases the complexity of the fingering on the strings.
Bach wrote six works for unaccompanied
Violin, sometimes wrongly described as six Sonatas. Properly speaking, three of them are Sonatas and three are Partitas. The difference is one of form rather than substance. In a Sonata the contrast between the Movements is one of generalized musical character ; in a Partita the Movements are ancient Dance-forms, developed artistically and retaining their names, such as AHemande, Courante, Minuet, Gigue, etc.
It will be interesting to Violinists to know that
Mr. Primrose will bo playing from an early edition of the Bach-Gesellschaft (an important German society for the publication of Bach's works) and that his version will be free from the alterations to which modern editing has given a vogue among players.
The FIRST PARTITA, in B Minor, has seven
I. AHemande (i.e., German). A piece in four-beat dance time, of serious character and much elaborated. II. Double. A new version of I., in a different rhythm. III. Courante. A dance. piece in three-beat time. IV. Double. A rapid version of ITT. V. Sarabande. A piece in slow three-beat rhythm. The Sarabande was a Spanish dance. VI. Double. A new version of V., in a different rhythm. VII. Bourrte. A vigorous dance in abrupt four-beat rhythm. VIII. Double. A new version of VII.
A PROGRAMME OF Music EITHER FROM New
YORK OR FROM ONE OF THE CONTINENTAL STATIONS, DEPENDENT UPON CONDITIONS OF
RECEPTION AT THE TIME.
TF this relay is taken from America, it will consist of a re-transmission of the dance band of the Van Curler Hotel, Schenectady, New York, conducted by Porter E. Potts. This band was re-transmitted successfully through all B.B.C. Stations on April 13, 1926, and listeners commented favourably on the melodious orchestration of the pieces played.