Arranged by the PEOPLE'S CONCERT SOCIETY in co-operation with the B.B.C.
Relayed from the Northern Polytechnic
Second Concert of Fifth Series
CONSTANCE IZARD (Violin); J. R. BRAND (Oboe); VERA MOORE (Pianoforte)
PART I. Devoted to music by J. S. BACH (1685-1750)
Two Movements from Sonata in K for Violin and Pianoforte
PART II. of the programme will include miscellaneous items, the titles will be given out by the announcer
THERE has been recently a considerable revival of public interest in architecture, and the ordinary man in the street is beginning to realise that, unlike most of the arts, architecture is also in the street, and new buildings, good or bad, affect him more immediately than, for instance, new music or pictures. Professor Reilly (who is Roscoe Professor of Architecture in the University of Liverpool) has led the way in criticising buildings from a social and civic, rather than from a purely architectural, point of view. In particular, he has expressed himself strongly on such modern tendencies as those displayed in the new Regent Street. His own ideas can bo seen in a concrete embodiment in the new building on the Piccadilly frontage of tho Devonshire House site, in the designing of which he collaborated with a firm of American architects. In this series of six Talks he will discuss some of the new buildings, and listeners may be sure that his judgments will be not only trenchant and witty, but expressed in terms that the ordinary layman can understand.
An Opera by FLOTOW
THE WIRELESS CHORUS (Chorus Master,
STAN-FORD ROBINSON ) and SYMPHOXY ORCHESTRA, conducted by PERCY PITT
(A Libretto of this Opera is published by, and is obtainable from, the B.B.C. For full details see the announcement on page 17S of tins issue.)
MARTHA, that lively story of a love-frolic in Queen Anne's day, is just eighty years old, in the form which it finally took. It was originally a Ballet in which Flotow collaborated with two other persons. Its tunes have kept it alive on the Continent. It has not been heard at Covent Garden for over thirty years.
The work has been variously produced in three, four and five Acts. In the present performance there are four, the first Act being divided into two Scenes.
ACT I. SCENE 1. One of the Queen's Maids of Honour, Lady Harriet Durham (Soprano), tired of coquetting with an old admirer, Sir Tristram Mickleford (Bass), decides to run off, with her friend Nancy (Mezzo-Soprano) for an adventure.
SCENE 2. Escorted by the pertinacious SiL'
Tristram, they attend the Richmond Hiring Fair. Under the disguise of servant girls, and passing themselves off as ' Martha ' and ' Julia, the-meet two farmers, Lionel (Tenor) and Plunkett (Bass), and contract with them to become their serving-maidens.
ACT II. At the farm, there is some fun when
Lionel and Plunkett find the girls curiously ignorant of their duties. Plunkett pairs off with ' Julia,' and Lionel falls in love with ' Martha,' who sings to him the (now celebrated) Last Rose of In the night, the girls escape from the farm, helped by Sir Tristram, and return to Court.
ACT III. The Queen and her Court are hunting. Plunkett appears andcognizes his Julia,' in Mistress Nancy; then Lionel approaches and again seeks to woo 'Martha,' but he is repulsed. He is able, however, to leave in her-hands a ring. (This proves that ho is the son and heir of the late Earl of Malby.)
ACT IV. Lionel's reason is giving way, because of his disappointment in love, .and when be next sees Harriet, who is now touched by his love, hedocs not recognizo her as Martha.' When again a fair is being held, the two girls resume their masquerade, in the endeavour to restore Lionel to his right mind by the sight of her whom ho Jovcs (and who now returns his affection) dressed as he first saw her. Harriet again sings her Rose song to him, and, his mind clear once more, the Earl wins the willing Harriet as his bride.
Lady Harriet Durham (Maid of Honour to Queen Anne):
Nancy (Her Friend):
Lionel (Foster Brother to Plunkett, afterwards Earl of Derby):
Plunkett (a Farmer):