THE rather disparaging term, ' the Dark Ages,' is roughly used to cover the period between the destruction of Roman civilization by the barbarians and the emergence of a new European culture—the period between the fifth and ninth centuries. It is of the everyday life of these
. times that'Mr. and Mrs. Quennell will talk today.
Played by JAMES CHING
Partita in C Minor
Sinfonia ; Allemande ; Courante : Sarabande ;
IN the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries German town bands used to play dance tunes in sets. such n set being called a ' Partie.' ' Partita ' is the Italian form of the word, and composers for the Keyboard took this name for their suites of pieces in dance styles. The four corner-stone dances of the suite were (in the order of their appearance in the set) the Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue. The Allemande (the word shows that this was originally a native German dance) flows along with continuous, easy, graceful swing. The Courante, as may be gathered from its name, is in ' running ' style with continuous, lively, six-notes-to-a-bar movement. The Sarabande was the slow dance of the set, and the Gigue the liveliest of all. In this Suite its place is taken by the Caprice.
Arranged by E. LE BRETON MARTIN
THOSE who are interested in English dialects, whether from the point of view of philology or sociology, or merely a general curiosity as to ways and manners that are not one's own, will remember the two previous dialect talks arranged by Mr. E. Le Breton Martin. They dealt in turn with the speech of Worcestershire and of Dorset ; this time he goes north, and brings to the London microphone the rugged accents native to the pikes and dales of canny Cumberland.
E. Le Breton
Mr. E. Le Breton
THE KUTCHER STRING Trio : (Composed of members of the Kuteher String Quartet) : SAMUEL KUTCHER (Violin). CECIL BONVALOT (Viola), EDWARD ROBINSON (Violoncello)
(Picture on page 384.)
' DIVERTIMENTO' (' Diversion ') was one of the terms used by Mozart to describe a little Suite of instrumental pieces in two, three. or (frequently) more Movements, but lighter and freer in style than a symphonic work. The name implies something sociable and free-and-easy. and these Suites were not infrequently written . for weddings or other convivial occasions.
Almost always they were orchestral pieces.
The one we are to hear (it is numbered K. 563, and was written near the end of the Composer's life) is an exception, being written for the unusual combination of Violin. Viola, and 'Cello.
In it there are six Movements, five of which are to be played. These are respectively a compact, quick Movement, a gracious, reflective, slow one, a Minuet, a Theme with Variations (the Air sounds like a popular dance or song tune), and the final Rondo.
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