By HAROLD E. DARKE
Relayed from St. Michael's, Cornhill
TEACHERS of history are coming to realize
-*- that it is not the ' dates ' and battles and kings and queens of bygone days that are really interesting, but the way ordinary people lived. This series of eleven talks will deal with this side of history and pre-history, starting today with the Old and New Stone Ages. when the first foundations of civilization were being laid.
MOST visitors to Ireland would probably be inclined to place the cooking at the very end of the list of its attractions, if not at the beginning of the black roll of drawbacks. Yet Ireland is a dairy-farming country, and some of the native products form the basis of most appetizing meals-soda bread, apple cake, and the traditional bacon and cabbage, for instance. These are amongst the dishes that Mies Tweedy will tell listeners how to make...
with the help of Cecil Dixon and her piano; Rex Palmer and his voice ; Ena Grossmith and sundry verses, and A. Nonymous , who will tell of May-Day Customs
PEOPLE who really know their London realize that there is an unexpected abundance of humour and philosophy to be found at the street corners and behind the counters of the little shops. 'Jimmy' is known to all his regular patrons as a typical example of the man who will give you a complete and witty summary of the political situation with your morning paper. or a thumb-nail sketch of the man of the moment with your packet of cigarettes. If you do not know the type, don't fail to get acquainted tonight, and again on Thursday, when the microphone will eavesdrop on Jimmy again.
Relayed from the Royal Opera House, Covent
Act I of ' DER ROSENKAVALIER'
Played by ETHEL WALKER
(Picture on page 202)
Two Woodland Sketches (from Op. 51)
' To a Water Lily ' : ' From Uncle Remus '
Three Sea Pieces (from Op. 55)
' To the Sea ' ; ' From a Wandering Iceberg ' ; and 'Song'
EDWARD MACDOWELL , bom in 1861, was the first American to achieve distinction as a Composer. After a period of study and teaching in Germany, he returned to America (when he was twenty-seven),* and in 1896 became Professor of Music at Columbia University. After eight years of work there, he retired. Brain weakness developed, and he died at the age of forty-seven.
He wrote several Sonatas and some large-scale Orchestral works, but lie was essentially a miniaturist, with something of the pictorial and suggestive power of Grieg. His harmonic scheme is always finely coloured, and his sense of the poetic in music gives keen pleasure.
The fragile beauty of To a Water-Lily has something almost, wistful in its tenderness.
From Uncle Remus is a depiction of one of Joel Chandler Harris 's delightful tales of animal life. The indication at the head of the piece— ' humorously, joyously,' gives us the cue, and we have only to think of any of the impudent adventures of Brer Rabbit to enjoy this piece, written, we may be sure, with a twinkle in the eye.
Before To the Sea MacDowe!l has written :
' Ocean, thou mighty monster.' ' With dignity and breadth ' is the indication, and in this short piece, of about thirty bars, he arouses the mood that comes over us when we gaze upon the great. silent expanse of the sea, shimmering and gently undulating.
From a Wandering Iceberg has this stanza prefixed :—
An errant princess of the North, A virgin snowy white,
Sails adown the summer seas
To realms of burning light.
The Song is prefaced by the words :—
A merry song. a chorus brave, And yet a sigh regret
For roses sweet, in woodland lanes-Ah, love can ne'er forget !
This, and the indication ' in changing moods.' are all we need to catch the half-jaunty, half-tender spirit of the piece.
Mr. BEVERLEY NICHOLS and Mr. HAMILTON FYFE on the question
'WHAT Is THE BEST AGE ?'
Sir GEOFFREY BUTLER , M.P., in the Chair
Relayed from Tho Fyvie Hall. The Polytechnic,
WHICH of the Seven Ages-or any other number of divisions into which the life of man can be divided-is the best ? There are as many answers as you like to think of, and it' is a subject that will be debated as long as man endures ; but seldom, probably, more amusingly than tonight.
Mr. Hamilton Fyfe is an editor and journalist of wide and varied experience. He has been on the staff of The Times, war -correspondent of The Daily Mail, and in charge of British war propaganda in Germany : and amongst the papers that he has edited are The Daily Mirror and The Daily Herald.
Mr. Beverley Niehols who so far as age goes, might easily be Mr. Fyfe's son-is a typically brilliant young writer of the post-War epoch.
Sir Geoffrey Butler , who will preside over their discussion, had a brilliant career at Cambridge, where he was President of the Union a decade before Mr. Beverley Nichols held the similar post at Oxford. He has represented his University in Parliament since 1023, and is now Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air.
(Pictures on page 202.)
and the LONDON RADIO DANCE BAND, directed by SIDNEY FIRMAN