by HAROLD E. DARKE
Relayed from St. Michael's, Cornhill
ON His STATE VISIT. to
H.M. THE KING Relayed from Victoria Station
COMMENTATOR : Mr. LESLIE HORE-BELISHA , M.P.
THIS is the first official visit to this country since the War of a President of the French Republic. Accompanied by M. Briand , the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the President will be received at Victoria Station by His Majesty the King.
From a window overlooking the arrival platform the commentator, Mr. Hore-Belisha, will have a splendid view of the arrival of the special train and the scene on the red-carpeted platform. After the formalities of the reception are over, the President will inspect a Guard of Honour in the courtyard outside the station. In describing the scene here, the commentator will have an easier task, as his remarks will be supported by the stirring sounds of the Marseillaise, the cheers of the crowd waiting outside and the sharp snap of the rifles coming to the ' Present! '
The number of things that can go wrong in the course of an ordinary day's housework has frequently amazed the innocent man who has been left alone for a day or two to look after himself. Saucepans boiling over, joints burning, milk going sour, the cat getting the fish, the bung coming out of the beer barrel-all these are amongst the disasters that the housekeeper may have to encounter in the day. Some of them cannot be avoided, and some cannot be repaired, hut there are emergencies that can be foreseen, and Miss Marjorie Claire Grey will give some useful hints on what to do in some of these tight corners, in her talk today.
Miss Marjorie Claire
: Piano Solos by Cecil Dixon ; Songs by Rex Palmer ; ‘The Story of Dismal Daniel,' by Captain Fergus Maceunn ; ' 1 ho Little Ensign ' (Violet Methley)
EVEN the great race of dramatic critics, which is so prolific of militant convictions and aggressive styles, has produced few more lively writers than Mr. Agate. His weekly criticisms in the Sunday Times, his numerous books, and his very popular broadcast talks have made him an important influence on the London stage.
Played by LAFFITTE
Rhapsody in B Minor (Op. 79, Xo. 1) Copriceio in B Minor (Op. 76, No. 2)
BRAHMS' Op. 1
(published in 1853, when ho was twenty) was a work for Piano.
Ho began his career as a Pianist, and during his early years of composition he tackled the Piano Sonata form several times. He had not yet learnt how to make the best of the keyboard, especially as regards delicacy and colour. His further study of the possibilities of the Pianoforte was made through the medium of Variations, of which he had written some half-dozen sets by 1866 (one of these we are' to hear on Friday and Saturday). Then, for about a dozen years, he almost entirely ceased to write music for the Pianoforte alone, his next work (Op. 76, in 1879) being a set of eight pieces, four entitled Capriccio and four Intermezzo. The titles broadly indicate the two types of piece, the one brisk or vigorous, the other quieter.
These titles, with Rhapsody (thrice), Ballad and Romance (once each) are the only names Brahms gave to the thirty pieces that constitute the bulk of his middle and later period Piano music—a collection of works, mostly in simple forms, that abound in interest and vitality, and in emotional breadth and purity. In this, as in most of Brahms' music, the emotion is not superficial.
Brahms was fond of internal melodies and cross- . rhythms (for example, two notes to a beat in one hand against three to the beat in the other), and to the lyrical beauty of his music is added a bracing ruggedness of outline.
The first piece, the B Minor Rhapsody, shows not only the healthy energy and breadth that distinguish Brahms, but an interesting and rather unusual form of building up a- fairly short piece, which is a splendid example of combined inspiration and workmanship.
The Capriccio in B Minor, a great .favourite, is one of the Composer's daintiest pieces.
LEE MORSE (and her Guitar)
SYDNEY FAIRBROTHER (in a Cockney Sketch) CLAPHAM and DWYER (Entertainers)
NELLIE WIGLEY (in 'Musical Comedy Favourites')
THE DON VOCAL QUARTET in National Songs
Idleness is a quality too little esteemed in these days of (often purposeless) activity, hurry and rush. Mr. Robert Lynd is an admirable person to defend it. An essayist of peculiar individuality, he has the somewhat Lamb-like characteristic of regarding the fret and worry of the world indulgently, but from a niche apart. Actually, he demonstrates in himself how far removed is idleness from laziness, for he is Literary Editor of The Daily News, his weekly essays, under a nom de plume, are a distinguished feature of The New Statesman, and he has published many books.
by Mrs. POLLARD
(Winner of the Leicester Mercury Competition)
A FEW months ago the Leicester Mercury organized a competition amongst its readers, inviting them to submit their ideas of a good evening's broadcast programme. The Adjudication Committee, which was thoroughly representative, including a solicitor, a housewife, a postman, a housemaid, a magistrate, a woman secretary, a tramway official, a retired school-master, a minister of religion, a policeman and a nurse, awarded the first prize to Mrs. Pollard for the programme that will be broadcast tonight.