LISTENERS will remember that on last New Year's Eve there was broadcast from the London Station a programme entitled 'Reminiscences of 1925,' during which brief excerpts from some of the most popular items of the year were introduced. This programme met with such general appreciation that again this year we shall look backward upon the year's achievements and present in a few brief flashes some of the favourite items of 1926. The programme this evening, like that of last New Year's Eve, has been conceived and written by Mr. R. E. Jeffrey. It is a dream-fantasy; and listeners are asked to bring to their aid an unfettered imagination and an undivided attention. The listener is advised to choose a comfortable chair, lower the lights of the room and as far as possible ensure freedom from interruption. As the fantasy progresses there will be mingled impressions of the following outstanding transmissions of the year : DAME MELBA ; ' The MlKADO ' ; SHAKESPEARE'S HEROINES; THE CROYLAND BELLS ; THE NATIONAL CONCERTS; SIR HARRY LAUDER; The SAVOY BANDS; SANDLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA; THE NEW GALLERY ORGAN ; ' WINNERS ' ; WILL HAY ; ' LA TRAVIATA ' ; ' ELIJAH ' and the NIGHTINGALE.
Nonsense Verse is a form of writing that is very highly esteemed nowadays, when it has such distinguished exponents as Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Lord Alfred Douglas, E.C. Bentley, and A.P. Herbert - to name only a few. Mr. Langford Reed has done a good service to the cause by editing an anthology of nonsense verse (as well as one of Limericks, which can be a very similar form of verse) in which his own creations were in no way the least amusing.
Interpreted by SOLOMON
Fantasia in F Minor
CHOPIN'S Fantasia is one of the most power. ful expressions of the virile, elemental side of his nature.
In it some people find a programme-a quarrel and reconciliation* between Chopin and the novelist, George Sand , by whom he was passionately attracted.
It is, of course, very doubtful if there is anything actually pictorial in the music-anything more than a mere recollection, perhaps, of strongly emotional experiences ; but the strange ardour and restlessness of the music are sufficiently fascinating, without any background of story at all.
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