Solos by Cecil Dixon. Songs by Rex Palmer. The Story of 'Bella of the Three Dresses' (Charles
Seddon Evans). A Talk on ' The Pleasures of Camping,' together with a few hints on how to do it and how not to, by H. J. Lewis
THERE is no ntel to underline this item. All who know Mr. Agate's stimulating fortnightly talks on the Drama in general, and the London Theatre in particular, have his name and day and hour fixed in their memories.
Sung by JOHN ARMSTRONG (Tenor) Zueignung (Dedication), Op. ]0,
Nichts (Nought), Op. 10, No. 2
Ieh trage meine Minne (I'll bear my love). On. 32. No. 1
Heimliche Aufforderung (Secret Persuasion),
Op. 27, No. 3
RICHARD STRAUSS (born 1864) is well known to us all as one of the most famous of living composers, whose Orchestral works and Operas are performed over a great part of the world. Last year Strauss came to London to conduct the first British performance of his Rosenkavalier music, arranged as the accompaniment to a film. We remember, too, his conducting one of the B.B.C.'s National Concerts at the Albert Hall.
The songs of Strauss have contributed less to his fame than his larger works, but among the hundred-and-twenty or so that he has written some have become very popular. Leading characteristics of his songs are romantic feeling, rich harmony and freedom of form.
Zueignung, a great favourite, is frankly tuneful and effective-just a lover's thanksgiving.
Nichts is the reply of one who has been asked to describe his Queen of Song. What can we say of supreme splendour such as that of the sun ? he asks. It cannot be described. We only know it as the source of life and light. No more can ho tell of the glories of his Queen.
In Ich trage meine Minne a lover apostrophises his lady, declaring that he will adore in secret her who sheds light in the darkest night. This song is unlike most of Stiauss' love-songs. It is simple-minded music, with a bright, clear melody. The first verse (which recurs at the end) might have been taken from a volume of German folk-songs.
Heimlichc Aufforderung starts off with a genial tune—' Eat, drink and be merry, love, on this festive day.' Soon the voice is lowered-' but afterwards we wilt steal forth into the garden together.' The whispering tone becomes more glowing, but the song ends in tranquillity.
E. Le BRETON MARTIN. Spoken by Mrs. HANNAM-CLARK . ,
YE men arid women of Gloucestershire, within and without the county, and all -who love to hear the ancient dialects of English shires, do not miss this fascinating quarter of an hour. in which a native of the county, with Mr. Le Breton Martin, will demonstrate the characteristic speech of Gloucestershire.
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