by HAROLD E. DARKE , Mus.Doc., F.R.C.O.
Relayed from St. Michael's, Cornhill
MRS. MANSFIELD is a traveller, poet, and novelist. Her travels have ranged as far afield as Central Africa, about which she published, some time ago, a book entitled ' Via Rhodesia'; but lately she has spent much time in the less-known parts of Spain, which she described in her novel, Trample the Lilies.' It is with the beautiful province of Galicia that she will deal in her Talk this afternoon.
Time SIGNAL FROM GREENWICH,
Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues played through consecutively at this hour daily throughout the month
by Mr. GAY
(First produced in 1727) The original Music arranged, together with additional original numbers, by FREDERIC AUSTIN
Macheath's Companions and Women of the Town.
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
THIS sparkling Opera has been revived a great number of times ; indeed, in the two hundred years of its life it has never been off the London stage for more than twenty or thirty years at a time. We all remember its extremely successful recent revivals at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
The libretto (with spoken dialogue) was by the poet John Gay ; the music was a stringing together of nearly seventy popular tunes of the day, which were collected and arranged by Dr. Pepusch, a German who, as a young man, settled in London, and was for fifteen years Organist to the Charterhouse.
In those days one could pick up good tunes in the street, or take a stroll out to tho country at Hampstead or Islington, and help oneself from the songs that all sorts of labouring folk sang at work and play.
Putting copyright difficulties aside, could a modern Pepusch find nearly seventy tunes to-day at once known and whistled of all men and intrinsically of musical value sufficient to assure them a welcome a couple of centuries hence ? It seems doubtful. The moral of which is——But stay, what has The Beggar's Opera to do with morals ?
1st Violin and Viola d'Amore:
Violoncello and Viola da Gamba:
from Folk Songs to the Present Day
Sung by HELEN HENSCHEL '
FRANCE has an important place in the story of song, for it was the home of the Troubadours, and the great Emperor Charlemagne, King of the Franks, may be called the first collector of folk-songs. Some of these traditional songs are to be heard later in the week. In the first three evenings Miss Henschel is giving us examples of art-songs by modern French Composers.
Those represented to-night cover just about a century—1818 (Gounod's birth year) to 1921 (when Saint-Saens died)
All these four Composers struck out on distinat and varied lines.
French people know something of Delibes
Operas, but he is best known here by his Balkt music, which listeners hear very frequently.
Neither Gounod nor Saint-Saens needs any introducing to Opera lovers. Both composed a great many songs, Saint-Saens sometimes writing his own words, as he did for the song Guitares and Mandolines that we are now to hear.
Chabrier, who belongs to the latter half of last, century, was a lively-spirited Composer, whose Joyous March, often broadcast, gives a good impression of one side at least of a picturesque personality.
By CECIL LEWIS
1.— GEORGE BERNARD SHAWrpHIS is the first of a series of personal sketches of famous writers of the' day that Mr. Cecil Lewis -who has been responsible for so many original and stimulating programmes-is to give from the London Station. No such series could begin better than with Shaw, the most brilliant of our contemporary playwrights, one of the most formidable of controversialists, and an eternal enigma to the critics.
CHARLIE KIDD (Comedian)
HARLEY and BARKER (Syncopated
OLIVER MESSEL (Humorist)
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
A Selection of Scenes arranged for
Julius Caesar (Triumvirs after, the death of Julius Cæsar)
Octavius Cæsar (Triumvirs after, the death of Julius Cæsar) Marcus Antonius (Triumvirs after, the death of Julius Cæsar) Cicero (Senator) Marcus Brutus (Conspirators against Julius Cæsar) Cassius (Conspirators against Julius Cæsar)
Trebonius (Conspirators against Julius Cæsar) Ligarius (Conspirators against Julius Cæsar)
Decius Brutus (Conspirators against Julius Cæsar) Metellus Cimber' (Conspirators against Julius Cæsar)
Pindarus (Servant to Cassius) Calphurnia (Wife of Cæsar) Portia (Wife of Brutus)
Senators, Citizens, Guards, Attendants, etc.
Scene : During a great part of the play, at Rome ; afterwards near Sardis, and near Philippi.