A Running Commentary by Capt. H. B. T. Wakelam on the International Rugby Match
Relayed from Twickenham
(See front page)
France, the latest addition to the countries playing in the International Championship, is still the dark horse of the competition. Club Rugby in France is far higher in standard than might be imagined from the average showing made by French international teams, but it is particularly difficult to combine players from all over so large a country into an effective whole. Still, French Rugby is always full of dash and fire, and a French team is always capable of springing a surprise, such, for instance, as the defeat of England last year. This season France has given very stiff matches to Ireland and Wales, so the chances of victory at Twickenham this afternoon are not all on the one side.
4.40 The Victor Olof Sextet, Russell Owen (Tenor)
In 1907 Debussy wrote six of the most delicious little musical trifles that exist. The whole collection of these six he called Children's Corner, and each of them has an English title. They were written for the Piano, and have since been orchestrated. At the beginning of the book we find two little fat elephants, and between them the inscription: 'To my dear little Chouchou, with her Father's tender excuses for that which follows.'
M. Cortot, the famous French pianist, suggests that the choice of English names was intended as a gentle, good-humoured, ironic hint ,at the 'traditional English Miss.'
'Seven Songs of Childhood'
(Granville Banlock), sung by EVA NEALE
'The Will-o'-the-Wisp and the Lamp-Post.'—a story by Geoffrey Boumphrey
Verse from ' The Dream-Market ' and ' When the night-light Flickers '
(Leslie Hurd )
ELSIE BLACK (Contralto)
THE Finnish composer, Palmgren, is best known in this country as a writer of Piano music. But he has also composed Operas and Orchestral and Choral Music, and is himself a pianist. His sympathy with his instrument is made clear by his own piano pieces, such as this Dainty Waltz, which we are now to hear in an arrangement for Sextet.
CESAR GUI'S father was a French officer who fought in Russia, and was left behind during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow, in 1812. He settled in that country, and married a Lithuanian lady. His son was born in 1835, and, like many other Russian musicians of his day, followed two occupations, for he entered tho School of Military Engineering and became a leading authority on fortification.
Possibly owing to his French extraction, Cui's music is less distinctively Russian than that of the other Nationalists of his time. He had this quality in common with themâhe was attracted by things Oriental. This little piece is an example of his particular conception of the East in music.
6.30 Time Signal, Greenwich; Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin
SCHUMANN'SKREISLERIANA and PHANTASIE-
STÜCKE (Fantasy Pieces)
Played by WILLIBALD RICHTER
Phantasiestucke Fabel (Fable)
Ende vom Lied (End of the Song)
SQUASH rackets has lately come increasingly into favour as a business man's game-fast and sporting, giving any amount of exercise in a short time, and capable of being played by artificial light in a court that costs far less to build and maintain than a real rackets court. Captain Cazalet, who is M.P. for Chippenham and Parliamentary Private Secretary to tho President of the Board of Trade, is well known as a player of all the racket games-tennis, lawn tennis, rackets, and squash-and he was a member of the English team against America in 1925.
Broadcasting is often thought of as being the realm of youth-the concern of the rising generation, who are bom into the inheritance of the age of miracles that wireless has ushered in. But it is also in a very real sense the domain of the old ; of those who can no longer go to theatres and concerts and public meetings, but whose love for music and the drama and the affairs of the world remains undimmed. With the aid of radio they can keep up with the mad whirl of the world today ; further, they can revisit the past, and hear again the old tunes and the old songs that thrilled them in the days when all their world was young. This latter opportunity-an opportunity of reviving old memories of the sentimental past-will be given them by the programme tonight.
A T the risk of damping the spirits of prospective
A owner-drivers, Mr. Watson Parker proceeds this evening to consider a very important feature of the motorist's life. Breakdowns vary in degree as in kind, but the breakdown that may be very serious to the ignorant driver is often a aimple matter of adjustment for the expert. Any motorist who wants to shorten those weary hours of stationary endeavour on deserted roads will do well to listen to the good advice that Mr. Watson Parker will give.
The WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL