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: Sir WILLIAM BEACH THOMAS : ‘ Familiar Birds and Beasts of the Countryside-VI, Animal Intelligence '

IN his last talk, Sir William Beach Thomas will deal with the fascinating subject of animal intelligence, approaching it rather from what may be called the human than the scientific side. He will argue that animals that play games, are loyal to their mates, and adapt themselves ingeniously to new conditions, must have something akin to the intelligence of which we are so proud ourselves.

: A LIGHT CLASSICAL CONCERT

THE DAVENTRY STRING QUARTET
LILY ZAEHNER (Soprano) JOHN PAUER (Pianoforte)

: Ministry of Health Talk: Dr. NORMAN BENNETT, Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Royal Dental Hospital, The Care of the Teeth'

MODERN medicine tends to place ever-increasing emphasis upon the teeth as a probable cause of illness, and care of them is becoming more and mote essential a part of the general regimen of health. As Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Royal Dental Hospital, Dr. Bennett has exceptional knowledge of the inter-relation between dental and medical work

: THE FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC

BACH'S FRENCH SUITES
Played by JAMES CHING
Third French Suite in B Minor
Allemande; Courante ; Sarabande ; Anglaise; Minuet I and II; Gigue
S.B. from L iverpool

: Dr. W. A. POTTS: Development of Mind and Character-The Difficult Adolescent.'

(Relayed from Birmingham )
THIS talk concludes the second series on ‘The Development of Mind and Character,' which dealt this autumn with the adolescent; and last summer
. with the child. This evening
Dr. Potts will discuss the problems that have to be decided by parents whose children behave unsatisfactorily at school.

: VARIETY

KEL KEECH and ORD.HAMILTON
(Syncopated Songs with Piano and Banjulele)

: King David

by ARTHUR HONEGGER
Symphonic Psalm in three parts, after a Drama. by RENÉ MORAX
Performed by THE CIVIL SERVICE CHOIR, assisted by MEMBERS OF THE RAILWAY CLEARING HOUSE CHOIR
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Leader, S. KNEALE KELLEY )
ELSIE SUDDABY (Soprano)
DOROTHY D'ORSAY (Contralto)
LEONARD GOWINGS (Tenor)
A.S. HIBBERD (Narrator)
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
(Relayed from the Central Hall, Westminster)
ARTHUR HONEGGER was born of Swiss parents in 1 892. He studied in Paris, under Gedalge and Widor, and struck out on individual lines, some of the most mature results of which process we are to hear tonight.
King David, by Rene Morax, was originally produced as a drama with incidental music by Honegger. Later the composer made, on the same subject, a form of Oratorio, or, as he calls it, 'Symphonic Psalm,' which was broadcast at one of the B.B.C. National Concerts in March of this year. A full annotation of the work appeared in The Radio Times of March 11, and those readers who keep their copies will probably like to refer to this issue.
The music is for Soprano, Contralto and Tenor, Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra. A Narrator declaims the dramatic thread of the story, which follows the fortunes of David as told in the Books of Samuel and Chronicles.
The work is in three Parts, and there are in all twenty-eight items, most of them very short-many containing only a page or so of music.
In PART I, after a short orchestral Introduction, the Narrator tells of God's charge to Samuel. to choose David as King of Israel, and of Samuel’s discharging his task. David's victory over Goliath is the subject of the next scene. This, and all the other scenes, is commented on in the musical numbers. Next we turn to Saul’s jealousy of David, and the youth's flight to tho desert, where he languished in sadness. Saul sent messengers to take him, but 'the Lord delivered Saul into the hands of David.' Yet the young man did him no harm.
The music now suggests the scene of Saul's camp. His army is hard pressed, and in his fear for the future he consults the Witch of Endor.
The ghost of Samuel appears, and prophesies that the Lord shall deliver the Israelites into the Philistines' hands.
Saul slays himself after the battle of Gilboa.
David mourns for him and for his son Jonathan, David's great friend.
A lament ends Part I.
PART II. describes David, as king, building Jerusalem as the holy place of God. The ark is reverenced with dancing. The scene of the dance is the longest in the work. There is a solo part (an Angel), and a Chorus of Angels, Maidens, Women, Priests and Soldiers. The Angel warns David that a child is born who shall sit on his throne—Solomon. An angelic chorus of 'Alleluias' closes Part II.
PART III. God blesses David, but he desires Bathsheba, and brings about the death of her husband Uriah. Nathan is sent to reprove him, and David mourns for his sin.
Absalom, David's son, rises against him, and David flees to the desert. The people take the field against Israel, and Absalom is killed.
Now comes a March of the Hebrews as David returns to Jerusalem. He sings a song of gratitude to the Lord, but presently grows too proud, and the sin is visited upon the people by pestilence.
David crowns Solomon king, and, dying, thanks his God : 'O how good it was to live I thank thee, God, Thou who gavest me life! The work concludes with an Angelic Chorus of 'Alleluia,' swelling to a triumphant pæan.

: LAMPLIGHT

A Programme of Poetry and Music








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