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MAVIS SHELLSHEAR (Songs with Harp)

: Mr. J. C. SQUIRE : ' A Modern Poet (Robert Bridges) '

IN pronounced and perhaps conscious contrast to somo of his predecessors, the present Poet
Laureate is the most silent of contemporary poets. He has consistently refused to be drawn into expression by public events such as inspired the ' Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington ' and the ' Charge of the Light Brigade,' and that although his Laureateship, starting in 1913, has covered national crises such as Tennyson never knew. He is, in fact, probably better known by his great anthology, ' The Spirit of Man,' than by his own poems, which are, however, as distinguished as the work of any living poet. Mr. Squire, the poet, essayist and editor of The London Mercury, will do something to spread understanding of the genius of Dr. Bridges in his talk this afternoon.


(Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812)


Played by E. T. COOK
Relayed from Southwark Cathedral

: Mr. D. C. SOMERVELL : ' Europe throughout the Ages — The Reformation '

AFTER the Renaissance, the Reformation. Last week Mr. Somervell described that movement towards worldliness — in the different forms in which it attracted a Botticelli, an Erasmus or a Machiavelli-that broke up medieval Christendom into the beginnings of modern Europe. This evening he will talk of the irruption of certain manifestations of the modern spirit into the religious sphere, resulting in the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, with such protagonists as Luther, Calvin and Ignatius Loyola , arrayed on either side.


PRINCE IGOR, that Opera of ancient pageantry and Oriental colour, is Borodin's most famous work. The Dances, of which the music is now to bo heard, occur in the Second Act, when Igor, a prisoner in the camp of a nomad tribe, the Polovtsy, is as a tribute to his courage invited to be present at a festival.
THE LAKE OF SWANS, Tchaikovsky's first Ballet, was written for performance at the Imperial Theatre at Moscow fifty years ago. In spite of the channing music, the work, as a whole, owing to the poorness of the production, was then not very successful. Later, the composer greatly altered tho music.
The story of the Ballet is about the love of a young Knight for a maiden, whom a wicked sorcerer has changed into a swan. There is obviously room here for graceful and lyrical music, as well as for more dramatic and exciting movements.


Russian Gypsy Songs


A Play in One Act, by E. TEMPLE THURSTO
Characters :
In the living-room of her cottage,
Mary Tregarth sits on a stool by the fire, stirring the embers to hasten the boiling of her kettle for tea. From the cross-beams of the roof hang some brown fishing nets, with corks attached. A door, the upper half opening independently of the lower, leads out to the cliff road, and beyond is tho sea.
EQUALLY well known as a novelist and as a dramatist, Mr. E. Temple Thurston is a writer who can be confident of having a full house ' when a new work of his is produced before the microphone. As a novelist he has an assured public for such books as ' The Greatest Wish in the World,' ' The City of Beautiful Nonsense,' and-to name more recent examples-' Charmeuse' and 'The Goose-Feather Bed.' As a playwright he has established his reputation with such continued successes as The Wandering Jew. As listeners will find tonight, this now play of his that is being broadcast for the first time is a return from the more spectacular manner of the last-mentioned and, for instance, Judas Iscariot , to tho quieter, more homely, but not less gripping drama of A Roof and Four Walls.

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