The WIRELLESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL
ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto)
RUBY HELDER (Tenor)
CEDRIC SHARPE (Violoncello)
SCHUMANN'S only Opene, Genoveva. ran for exactly three nights when first produced, and since then has rarely been staged. The Overture alone has survived as, by common consent, being one of Schumann's most masterly creations.
The story of the Opera is that of Genoveva and her warrior husband, who has to leave her alone whilst he is away fighting. A friend, acting through motives of jealousy, falsely persuades the husband that Cenoveva has been unfaithful, and she and her child are driven out into the woods. When the husband comes back he meets Cienovrva while he is hunting, and tuere follows reconciliation.
The Overture starts with a slow, gloomy
Introduction, in which the continual winding figure in the Violins seems to depict the wife's lonely wanderings in the forest.
The passionate, agitated First Main Tune of the Overture proper seems expressive of Genoveva's grief, whereas the happier, more gracious Second Main Tune calls to one's mind the reconciliation.
SOME of the most charming light dances of our time are the work of Edward German. This Suite. first performed at a Crystal Palace Saturday Concert in 1892, contains four Movements illustrating different sides of gipsy life, as seen through the i-yes of the Composer.
The First is entitled Valse melancolique the Second is a quick, flamboyant dance, beginning, with a stamping rhythm ; the Third. light and graceful, is again in Waltz style ; the Fourth is a Tarantella, a descendant of that wild dance which, in a simpler age, was esteemed a cure for the bite of the tarantula spider. rtARMEN. the fickle Spanish gipsy girl, has allured Don Jos6 , the Sergeant of the Guard, dancing and singing to him.
Finally she has thrown him a flower, which he has hidden near to his heart.
For her sake. Don Jose goes to prison. At their next meeting Carmen accuses him of being no true lover because he will not desert. Sorrowfully Don Jos6 shows her the flower which she threw to him and which he has ever since treasured.
THIS is the fourth of this series of tales from the Old Testament, which arc being read from London every Sunday afternoon. To-day listeners will hear the famous story of how Jacob cheated Esau out of his father's blessing. and of how he fled from Esau's anger and-after his wonderful vision of the ladder from Heaven to Earth-met with Laban, and served him seven years for love of his daughter Rachel.
Address by the Rev. Canon Guv ROGERS ,
Birmingham Parish Church
CANON GUY ROGERS has been rector of Birmingham since 1925, before which time he was for nine years Vicar and Rural Dean of West Ham. He was joint editor of, and contrrbutor to. the two noteworthy volumes of Liberal Evangelical Essays. During the war he served as a Chaplain to the Forces, when he won his M.C., and he is a Chaplain to the King.
Rev. Canon Guv
THE St. Mary's Convalescent Home is one of the few such institutions that admit mothers with their babies (under the age of six months). It also receives girls and women between the ages of fourteen and sixty-five. The address to which donations should be sent is [address removed]
Conducted by JOHN BARBlROLLI
DALE SMITH (Baritone)
THE ORIANA SINGERS
THE Agineourt Song is a celebration of the battle
-L of that name, in 1415, when the English, under Henry V., defeated an army that outnumbered them by three or four to one.
The first verse runs : :-
Our King went forth to Normandy With grace and might of chivalry :
There God for him wrought mary'lously, Wherefor England may call and cry,
'Deo gratias Anglia redde pro victoria ! '
THE words ' Caleno custure me' (they are spelt in a variety of ways) are generally considered to be a corruption of Irish words of endearment describing a young girl as ' dearest sweetheart,' and the song tells of her charms. Shakespeare mentions the Bong in Henry V, Act IV, Scene 4.
TUDOR and Elizabethan singers used to sing, to the accompaniment of the lute, love songs, often of a rather plaintive or mournful cast. The best Composers of the day spent their art upon such songs, and never have expressive words been set more beautifully— with finer care for the just accentuation and proportion of the words.
Dowland and Morley, two of our finest musicians in that day, both wrote a good many such ' ayres.' Dowland's song will serve as a typical example of the 'lovelorn' song. It is an appeal to a fickle maid to comfort her lover, who finally bids Love draw forth his wounding dart, for he cannot pierce her heart. Sighs and tears, ' more hot than are thy shafts,' have been poured out in vain ; for she only laughs mockingly at all such weapons, and remains unmoved.
MORLEY'S piece (for five voices) is a 'Ballet,' the lightest kind of Madrigal, that had a gay 'fa la la' refrain.
DR. McEWEN has written a number of pieces having a Scottish flavour. His Symphony called the Soluay is perhaps his biggest work of that kind, and his Tone Poem Grey Galloway also celebrates in music the characteristics of his native lowlands of Scotland-the Burns country.
Here are two tiny sketches from a series of pieces for string quartet that he calls Nugae, or Trifles. Several of these have a Scots background, among them the two now played.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS recently arranged for unaccompanied singing a sheaf of five folk songs, two of which conclude the Oriana Singers' programme. The Springtime of the Year is the first two verses of a long ballad called Lovely on the Water. It is just a miniature of a sailor and his maid. In a tiny introduction and in a closing portion use is made of an effective choral device-singing with half-closed lips. The lusty Wassail Song comes from Gloucestershire. The jolly wassailers go all over the town, drinking healths to the gentry, and giving a sly hint that their good wishes are only for those who draw them' a bowl of the best.' Distributors of small beer will get no blessings!