IN to-day's talk Mrs. Fisher, having now fully described the condition of England before the Napoleonic wars, and their immediate effects, goes on to discuss the more far-reaching social and political tendencies that were started or strengthened by the wars. Jn this and in next week's talk she will tell of such widely different developments as the Reform Act. the Corn Laws, Chartism, Poor Law Relief, and the beginnings of adult education.
'On Believing in Life '
THIS is the second of a series of seven Lenten talks, which, under the general title of ' The Sunny Side of Life,' will deal not too solemnly with some aspects of Christian ethics. The Rev. W. H. Elliott , who is giving them, is Vicar of Holy Trinity, Folkestone, Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral, and Chaplain to the King.
Rev. W. H.
directed by FRANCIS R. DRAKE, relayed from the Walpole Cinema, Ealing
Some of His Jolliest Keyboard Music
' Played by JAMES CHING
This important piece dates from 1735, when its composer was fifty years of age. It represents him, then, in his maturity.
This so-called Concerto is an attempt to apply to one instrument the principles of alternation and of contrast observed in the writing of music for a solo instrument or group of instruments used with some form of orchestra. It is in spirit a Concerto, but it is a one-man Concerto. The instrument for which it was intended was a double-keyboard Harpsichord, in which contrasts of tone unavailable in the single-keyboard form could be taken into account by the composer. Bach's use of the one keyboard or the other is indicated by the words forte (loud) and piano (soft), and sometimes one direction.is applied to the right hand part and the other to the left, so prescribing an effect which would have been impossible upon a single keyboard Harpsichord, but is possible on the modern pianoforte.
There arc three Movements:-
I The Movement is a charmingly flowing one.
It will easily be realised in what way the player's performance on a one-keyboard pianoforte imitates the original manner performance on a two-keyboard Harpsichord, which, in its turn, imitated the playing of an orchestra divided into n small group of instruments contrasted with a large group.
II This is really, in effect, a violin tune with keyboard accompaniment, and in the original edition the melody is throughout given to one keyboard and the accompaniment to another.
III A very happy, well worked-out movement, which, typically Bachian as it is in its counterpoint, nevertheless, in its clear use of extended subjects, and in its plain, diatonic harmony, looks forward a little perhaps towards the coming Sonata style of Haydn.
Most of us remember, from the natural history that we learnt as children, fascinating scraps of information about how the chameleon assumes the colour of its surroundings, the tiger's stripes make him invisible in the shadows of the jungle, and so on. Mr. Pycraft, who is Assistant Keeper in the Natural History Museum, will talk about such matters with all the authority of an expert and the author of many books on birds and beasts. To-day he will introduce the subject generally, discussing the question whether the coloration of animals serves any useful purpose, and if so, whether we can see any evidence of this in our own countryside.
A Burlesque. Sketch written by Fred Bowyer
Music Composed, Arranged, and Parodied by Cuthbert Clarke
Included in the cast are the following: Winifred Davis, Helen Alston, John Rorke, Harry Brindle, Harold Kimberley and George Baker
Scene : An ancient town where a fete is in progress
This light-hearted burlesque of the story of Wagner's famous opera was written by Fred Bowyer, the author of that delightful children's play, The Windmill Man, which has been performed with such success at the Victoria Palace every Christmas for the last six years. To-night's skit shows us a very topical Lohengrin.