By Harold E. Drake
Relayed from St. Michael's Cornhill
A toccata was originally a piece for displaying one's agility in touch (toccare = to touch), but Bach never wrote mere show pieces. His Toccata in D Minor has been described as a classical storm.' Certainly there is in it a wonderful impression of elemental power and freedom, though of course it has no actual pictorial idea behind it. Its imaginative quality, from the point of view of pure music, is a sheer delight.
The Fugue begins with a mood in complete contrast to the Toccata, but towards the end we are reminded of the work's brilliant opening; the Coda, as it were, binds Toccata and Fugue together.
Bach's six Organ Sonatas, written in three 'voices' only, contain some most expressive pieces, several of which have become concert-room favourites, in orchestral arrangements by Sir Henry Wood and others. They are a little deceptive on paper, appearing simpler to play than they really are. It is a common saying among organists that 'If you can play Bach's Sonatas really well, you can tackle anything,' for they demand absolute co-ordinated independence of hands and feet.
The Fifth Sonata has three Movementsâ a lightly-speeding cheerful one, a suave slow Movement, and another lively one with plenty of imitative chatter between the three voices engaged.
FEW children of any rank or in any age have been more conscientiously educated than
King Edward VI. In this talk Miss Rhoda Power will describe a day in his life, made up of lessons (in no inconsiderable proportion), games and tho business of being a king.
rpHIS afternoon will be told the story of that mystic brand that King Arthur won, according to prophecy, which stood him in such good stead throughout his life, and finally vanished again mysteriously out of the world of men.
THE rugs and carpets of the East are full of cunning craftsmanship and beauty of design, and the connoisseur has a tine field for his knowledge and taste. Miss Lorimer is head of the Oriental department of a big West-End store, and also an expert Oriental archaeologist. As part of her work she periodically raids the East for rugs, carpets and hangings of peculiar interest, and brings back also many art treasures of other kinds.
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' in 'THE TRIALS OF TOPSY—REDUCING ' by A. P. HERBERT
HAROLD SCOTT and ELSA LANCHESTER
(in old-time Songs)
EDITH PENYILLE (Solo Flute)
LOUISE NOLAN (Light Irish Ballads and humour)
ARTHUR CHESNEY (Musical Monologues)
CLAPHAM and DWYER (Entertainers)
THIS is the first of a series of talks in which Captain
Eckorsley will keep listeners informed of happenings in the wireless world. They will not be ' technical' talks; that is to sav, he will not tell anybody how to build a set that will get Tokio, at a total expenditure of seven and sixpence. But ho will talk about new technical developments in wireless engineering on the larger scale.
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