EXCEPT for those conservative people who go to the same place every year, and those adventurous ones who postpone their decision until the last possible moment, we are all beginning to think about arranging our holidays. This is the first of a series of talks designed to give some idea of the attractions of diverse ways of spending a holiday at home or abroad.
To the English mind it may seem strange that a restaurateur should be a connoisseur and a patron of the arts. But M. Marcel Boulestin is a Frenchman, and holds the traditional opinion of his countrymen that food and drink are fit materials, even as are clay and pigment, for the creations of the artistic mind.
He knows all about wastage in the kitchen, but he is equally expert on a variety of subjects more highly regarded in this country including modern French painting and the works of Mr. Max Beerbohm, of which he has a fine collection.
ROSSINI had wonderful success with his Operas, but after the production of William Tell in 1829 Rossini produced no Opera and only one important work of any kind, his Stabat Mater.
For nearly forty years he lived as a retired gentleman, occupying himself in social diversions.
He wrote only some light pieces, mostly for Piano, and it was out of these that Respighi, an Italian Composer of today (born 1879) made the music for the toyshop Ballet known as La Boutique Fantasque ('fantasque' meaning 'odd,' 'quaint,' 'whimsical,' rather than 'fantastic').
The Ballet Music is that danced by the various dolls in the shop, who come to life and take a hand in the love-romance of two of their number. There are Cossack dances, a Can-can, an Italian Tarantella, a Polish Mazurka, and so on.
S.B. from Birmingham
MASON and ARMES
Entertainers at the Piano
THE MIRIMBA TRIO
Impressions of some famous Variety Artists
Presents a Mixed Grill
ERNEST JONES the Banjo Virtuoso
HAROLD TURLEY 'S ORCHESTRA
Relayed from Prince's Cafe
THE BAND OF H.M. GRENADIER GUARDS
(By permission of Col. B. N. SERGISON BROOKE ,
Director of Music, Lieut. G. MILLER , L.R.A.M.
ETHEL FENTON (Contralto)
BARRINGTON HOOPER (Tenor)
Cornet : Corporal W. WEST
Trombone : Sergeant T. SOUTHARD
A N American patron commissioned this work by Coleridge-Taylor
(in its original form as an orchestral piece). It is a rhapsody in dance style on matter contained in the Composers' ' Bamboula,' a West Indian melody, one of the Twenty -four Negro Melodies he had collected and transcribed for the Piano.
Col. B. N. Sergison
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