SPRING and summer have from time immemorial brought bird's-nesting into the foreground of the minds of country youth as a pleasant alternative to school. Even those lawless spirits who are capable of' truancy, however, might as well know something about their subject before they start, and Mr. Eric Parker will give them some useful information in his talk this afternoon.
BRARMS'S VIOLIN and PIANO
Played by WILLIAM PRIMROSE (Violin) and VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON -
Sonata in D Minor (Op. 108)
First and Second Movements
THIS is the last of Brahms's
Violin Sonatas (his Op. 108).
It was written in 1889, when the composer was fifty-six, and is a mature, thoughtful work, with little suggestion of display.
The First Movement is powerful and expressive by turns. In the Pianoforte part syncopation is a striking feature ; it will be felt how much of mood can bo conveyed by the musicianly use of a device that in the hands of some is merely vulgar and tedious. Note, too, at the beginning of the middle
(development) portion, how the Pianoforte repeats one octave chord for nearly fifty bars in the bass.
The Slow Movement is slow, very short, and simply eloquent, a soothing pendant to the First Movement.
The third in the series of talks on 'Finance in the Modem World' will be given by an authority as eminent as his predecessors, Sir Henry Strakosch and Mr. J. M. Keynes. Mr. Brand is a director of Lloyds Bank, and he has acted as financial adviser to more than one Government and to Lord Robert Cecil when he was Chairman of the Supreme Economic Council at the Peace Conference in 1919. This evening he will describe the Federal Reserve System, which is the keystone to the whole banking and financial organization of the United States.
MAVIS BENNETT (Soprano)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
AUBER became one of the most popular
A writers of French Opera in the nineteenth century, but he had to make several attempts before he had any success in that side of composition. His first Opera was such a failure that ho would not try again for six years. He really got into his stride, however, when he became associated with the clever playwright, Scribe.
Lestocq, or Intrigue, and. Love, produced in 1834, was one of the numerous works in which Scribe collaborated with him. Their partnership of some forty years was only terminated by Scribe's death in 1861. Auber lived ten years longer, dying at the age of nearly ninety.
ONE of the most interesting translations published in recent years was
Mr. Edward Marsh 's version of the Fables of La Fontaine-a work that he had long intended to execute, but for which he only found time during his trip to Africa with Mr. J. H. Thomas , whose private secretary he then was. Mr. Marsh is, of course, well known as the editor of Rupert Brooke and of the series of ' Georgian Poetry ' which first introduced many modern poets of the first rank to the notice of the literary world. In these translations he has succeeded admirably in re-creating the original without any symptoms of its having been conceived in a different language and in a different age. Since they were published he has made many cnanges, to satisty more fully his own sense of style, and the final version from which Mr. Ede will read this evening differs in many respects from that published in book form.
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