Relayed from the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE,
THE outline of the story of Tannhauser, that thirteenth-century minstrel (' Minnesinger ') whose temptation and suffering Wagner has portrayed so vividly, is already familiar. Some details of the action in this Act may be useful.
SCENE I. The interior of the abode of Venus
(Soprano), whose pleasure it is to attempt to entice the knights of the Wartburg Castle. In her arms lies Tannhauser (Tenor), one of the knights. He is wearying of her enchantments, and longs to return to earth.
SCENE II. In a valley of the Wartburg,
Tannhauser kneels at a wayside shrine. A shepherd (Soprano) pipes near by, and sings a happy song. All Nature is calm and beautiful.
Hunting horns now resound, and the Land-grave of Thuringia (Bass) enters with his attendant knights. Tannhauser was once one of their number, and they welcome him back, the first to do so being Wolfram, his close friend (Baritone). Tannhauser is at first ashamed to return, but when Wolfram tells him how Elizabeth, the Landgrave's niece, has pined in his absence, and that only his return can restore her, the erring knight is moved to consent.
ANDRÉ MAUROIS, who tonight gives
M. the talk that was originally planned to take place some time ago, is no stranger to our language, our customs, or our history ; he is, in fact, our chief interpreter in France, and his characters, ; 'Colonel Bramble' and 'Doctor
O'Grady,' his ' Ariel, or the Life of Shelley,' and his more recently published ' Life of Disraeli ' are equally well known to the reading public on both sides of the Channel. His opinions should make an exceptionally piquant talk.
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
Overture, 'Cyrano de Bergerac' Johan Wagenaar
DR. JOHAN WAGENAAR was born in Utrecht in 1862. In 1888 he was appointed organist of Utrecht Cathedral, and in 1904 of the Music School in that City. He is a distinguished choral conductor, and since 1919 lies been director of the Royal Academy of Music in Utrecht. This Overture was written in 1905.
JULIUS RONTGEN, composer and Pianist, was born in Leipzig in 1855, but has all his life been identified (as has his son, Julius) with musical affairs in Holland, where, since 1913, he has been director of the Amsterdam Conservatoire.
PETER VAN ANROOI. T is a native of P Zalt-Bornmel, and a pupil at Utrecht of Dr. Wagenaar, who is also represented in this programme. He studied also in Russia. In 1905, after a series of appointments as Orchestral Violinist and Conductor, he became Conductor of the Groningen Symphony Orchestra, and five years later of the Orchestra at Armhem. He was appointed in 1917 Director of the Residentie Orchestra at The Hague. This rhapsody, ' Piet Hein,' is performed widely in Holland and Germany.
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