ELLIS BURFORD (Soprano)
HETTY BOLTON'S TRIO :
MARIE WILSON (Violin); PHYLLIS HASLUCK
(Violoncello); HETTY BOLTON (Pianoforte)
ONE spring day in 1873 the Professors of the Moscow Conservatoire, Tchaikovsky and Nicholas Rubinstein among them, shut up their books and pianos and had a jolly trip into the country, hearing, during the day, some folk songs, sung by village lads and lasses.
Whon Rubinstein died, Tchaikovsky commemorated his friend in a Trio, inscribed ' To the memory of a great artist,' and, with the memory of their happy picnic in mind, used one of the folk songs they had heard that day as the theme of the extensive Second (and last) Movement of the Trio. In this Trio all the resources of the instruments are used, with remarkable effect. One almost feels, at times, that a whole Orchestra is at work.
THIS was originally written for
A Pianoforte, Clarinet and 'Cello. There are three Movements, the last of which is a set of Variations on an air from an Opera by one Weigl—a tune that was very popular at the time Bsethoven wrote this Trio -about 1798.
' Wee Folk, good Folk,
Trooping all together,
Green Jacket, Red Cap
And White Owl's Feather.'
' In the Hall of the Mountain Gnomes' (Grieg), and other music of ' The Little Men, played by THE GERSHOM PARKINGTON
' Tony's Ghost,' a Gnome Story by Mabel Marlowe
' Green Glass Beads,' and other
... Goblin Verse
HUGHES MACKLIN (Tenor) THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
THE YELLOW PRINCESS a one-act fantasy in which a Dutch scientist dreams that he visits Japan, was the first stage piece that Saint-Saens wrote. He was thirty-seven when it was produced. His collaboration with Louis Gallet (who wrote the story, in verse) was not a public success—only five performances being given. The Overture shows how charmingly the composer could suggest an atmosphere of romance and piquant strangeness.
THE Opera Mazeppa never became popular.
The gloomy subject and its badly constructed libretto were too heavy a handicap for the music ; some of which is excellent.
This Cossack Dance comes in the first Act.
The followers of two Cossack chieftains are holding a kind of contest of song and dance, and this is one of the brilliant pieces of dance music Tchaikovsky invented for that scene.
Sir WILLIAM BRAGG 'S PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS at the Annual Meeting of the British Association.
Relayed from St. Andrew's Hall, Glasgow
S.B. from Glasgow rpHE Presidential Address at the annual meeting of the British Association is always one of the most important events of the year in what may be called ' popular ' science ; that is to say, it is a pronouncement, framed in terms comprehensible to the ordinary man, on the year's progress in some field of scientific theory or research. Sir William Bragg is a world-famous physicist, holder of a long list of .distinctions
(including the Nobel Prize), and in particular an authority en the subject of radio-activity, in connection with which such 'startling progress has recently been made ; so his address will be awaited with the utmost interest tonight.
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