' Tho Dragon-Fly ' and other Piano
Solos, played by CECIL Dixon
' Tho Duel on the Sands,' from 'Westward Ho! ' (Charles Kingsley ) ' Casey the Fiddler ' and other Songs
Sung by REX PALMER
' The Little Blue-eyed Dragon,' a Whimsical Story by E. Denton
BRAHMS' PIANOFORTE Music (Second Series)
Played by HOWARD JONES
Scherzo, Op. 4
BRAHMS' Op. 1 (published in 1853, when he was twenty) was a work for Piano. He began his career as a pianist, and during his early years of composition he tackled the Piano Sonata form several times. He had not yet learnt how to make the best of the keyboard, especially as regards delicacy and colour. His further study of the possibilities of the Pianoforte was made through the medium of Variations, of which he had written some half-dozen sets by 1866. Then, for about a dozen years, he almost entirely ceased to write music for the Pianoforte alone, his next work (Op. 76, in 1879) being a set of eight pieces, four entitled Capriccio and four Intermezzo.
After the two powerful Rhapsodies of Op. 79 there is a gap until the last group of works for Pianoforte-Op. 116, 117, 118 and 119, the splendidly varied collections which round off his career as a writer for the Pianoforte alone. One other piece of work, which only came out in 1893, was the collection of over fifty Studies.
The Scherzo, Op. 4, was one of the very first Pianoforte pieces Brahms wrote. When Brahms, a youth of twenty, first met Liszt, that virtuoso asked him to play something; but Brahms was too nervous, so Liszt sat down and performed this Scherzo of Brahms' magnificently at sight, talking about it as he played. Liszt thought he detected the influence of one of Chopin's Scherzos in the music, but Brahms assured him that he knew nothing at all of Chopin's music.
PHOTOGRAPHY, as it gets steadily* cheaper and easier, is becoming a more and more widely-spread hobby, and the camera is now almost as indispensable a part of the outfit for a holiday or a day's outing as the bathing-suit or the lunch-basket. Many listeners who want to make their snapshots as accurate reminders as possible of their happier moments will welcome Mr. Shoarcroft's practical advice.
T IKE every other great writer of tho past,
Dickens has his detractors ; snobs who say ho is vulgar, moderns who say he is outmoded, intellectuals who say ho is crude. But despite them, he remains to the normal, unaffected reader the greatest romantic who ever wrote in the English language ; a master alike of narrative and characterization, atmosphere and plot.
Mr. Ralph Straus , the novelist, is one of the moderns who have been attracted by the rich and vivid personality of Dickens, and he has just written a book on him which is the result of much original research.
ROBERT CHIGNELL (Baritone)
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
THE philosopher Faust has sold his soul to the devil for the gift of renewed youth.
Mephistopheles has given him his youth and has helped him to win the beautiful maiden, Marguerite.
When Faust has betrayed Marguerite, Mephistopheles stands outside her window, with a guitar, and sings an impudent Serenade.
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