Jacob Sly (a Bow Street runner) Soft Sally (the Innkeeper)
.ferry Binks (a Yorkshire Farmer) Lady Maud Romander Dick Turpin
Every Character in this sketch will be acted by the Author, R. A. ROBERTS
Incidental Music by Herman Finck
MR. ROBERTS owes his reputation as a protean actor not merely to his abilities as a quick-change artist, but to his power of changing his whole personality, including, of course, his voice, with each new part that he assumes. This sketch, in which he takes all live parts, is a particularly good illustration of his art.
Played by ADOLPHE HALLIS
GERMANY (as seen by a Frenchman)
Uncle Gottfried ' (Dialogue between
John Christopher and Gottfried, from Romain Rolland 's Novel John Christopher ' Paul Dupin
THE passage upon which the first piece is based occurs towards the end of the first part of .John Christopher—that entitled The Dawn. One evening about sunset 'Christopher has followed the poor pedlar, Uncle Gottfried, to the river bank, and is much moved by a song that the pedlar sings.
Remain Rolland's. description runs thus (in Gilbert Cannan 's translation, published by Heinemann, :—
Suddenly, in the dark, Gottfried began to sing. He sang in' a weak, husky voice, as though to himself ; he could not have been heard twenty yards away. But there was sincerity and emotion in his voice ; it was as though he were thinking aloud, and that through the song, as through clear water, the very inmost heart of him was to be seen. Never had Christopher heard such singing, and never had lie heard such a song.
Then the boy and the man discussed the making of songs ; the lad, full of dreams of greatness, wanted to write songs himself and become famous. The man replied :—
' The more you want to, the less you can. To make songs, you have to be like those creatures. Listen .....'
,The moon had risen, round and gleaming, behind the fields. A silvery mist hovered above the ground and the shimmering waters. The frogs croaked, and in the meadows the melodious fluting of the toads arose. The shrill tremolo of the grasshoppers seemed to answer the twinkling of the stars. The wind rustled softly in the branches of the alders. From the hills above the river there came down the sweet light song of a nightingale.....
Paul Dupin (born 1865) has dearly sought to suggest sympathetically in his music the older world of music that Uncle Gottfried loved-the music of simple sentiment that appeals directly to the heart.
MANY a Composer has been lured by those
Spanish and Italian love-songs, ' serenades,' sung at night-time by love-sick swains, playing their Guitars beneath their ladies' windows. Here is a morning love-song, an ' Alborada ' or 'Aubade.' It is sung by that gentleman with the untranslatable name—'El Gracioso.' He has been called 'The jester,' and ' Tho buffoon,' but neither name does him justice ; for this characteristic Spanish mixture of wit and gallantry is subtle, delicate, refined.
Ravel's character-sketch is one of five Piano
Pieces, Reflections (Miroirs).
Relayed from the NEW CHENIL GALLERIES
THE CHENIL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN BARBIROLLI
Solo Pianoforte, RAE ROBERTSON (Soloist, RAE ROBERTSON )(First Performance) (At the Piano, RAE ROBERTSON)