by HAROLD E. DARKE , Mus.Doc. relayed from
St. Michael's, Cornhill
ON the swampy coast of Tanganyika Territory, where the Rufiji flows into the Indian Ocean, some hundred miles south of Zanzibar, Asia and Africa seem to meet. For centuries the dhows of the Arab slavers came hero to collect their sinister cargo, and the sailing ships of India came to trade. Mr. Squiers, who knows East Africa as a settler, soldier, hunter and trader, will tell of the adventures that befall the traveller in the Delta, the river and the sea around it-and they are plentiful enough, even in these law-abiding days.
TO. DAY Professor Elliot Smith will talk about the way in which animals use senses other than sight to find their way about, for many animals, such as dogs, depend more upon smell than upon sight for recognizing people, places and food. Ho will discuss, too, the competition, at an early stage of evolution, between sight and smell as the chief means of guidance, which ended, of course, in the case of man in the triumph of vision as our chief means of knowing the world in which we live.
' Housekeeping in the West
Indies,' by Miss E. M. HEWITT
THIS series of talks on housekeeping in foreign parts should be of great interest to everybody who runs a house—or pays the household bills. Domestic arrangements in the West Indies are, obviously, very different from anything most of us are used to, and Miss Hewitt will tell of some curious customs and some strange recipes.
Miss E. M.
Some of his Jolliest Keyboard Music
Played by JAMES CHING
French Overture in B Minor
"BROADCASTING has given us so many opportunities of hearing Bach's music that there is happily now no need to stress the truth that Bach is one of the merriest-hearted of all Composers. His mirth can be gay and sparkling, or of that more quiet and intimate kind that a friend quietly shares with another who understands him.
This week's selection from Bach is designed to show him, for the most part, in his most affable moods.
The title of to-night's work is a little unusual.
Bach used the general title Overture ' (as the custom then was) for a set of dance-like Movements preceded by a Prelude in the French style (this movement comprising a slow introduction, a lively fugal section, and a repetition of the slow portion). Hero ho writes such a set of pieces, not for the Orchestra, but for the keyboard (the Harpsichord, in his day-preferably, for this work, one with two rows of keys), and he shows that he is conceiving the whole in tho style of an Orchestral ' Overture ' by putting in more numerous and more varied Movements than those contained in the normal keyboard Suite. He does not, of course, try to imitate Orchestral style.
The Movements of the Overture ' which we are to hear are four in number-the Prelude proper, a Gavotte, two Passepieds (originally a lively old French, possibly Breton, round dance), and the dainty little concluding piece of the set, called Echo.
Played by THE LONDON RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
With SIDNEY NESBITT
TANGOES and Bostons, Blues and Charlestons come and go, but the fox-trot remains, always the backbone - of every dance-band's programme. The more it changes, the more it remains the same. Fox-trot fans will to night hear some of their favourite melodies perfectly rendered by one of London's most expert dance bands.
Reading Poems from The Shepheardes Calendar,' by Edmund Spenser , and a short selection of Shakespeare's Sonnets
THE LONDON RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by HERBERT CARRUTHERS
THE Composer of this Symphonic music was before the War a Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Like many other Russians of the professional classes, he suffered heavy loss in the war years. He is now resident in London. This is the first performance in England of any part of his Symphony.
THE Opera, Prince Igor, glitters with Oriental colour and military splendour. It is a story drawn from Russian history, of the struggles of a Russian Prince with a wandering tribe of Eastern raiders, and of the loves of the Prince and his son.
The Dances now to be heard occur in the Second Act, when Igor, a prisoner in the camp of a nomad tribe, the ' Polovtsy,' is, as a tribute to his courage, invited to bo present at a Festival.