S.B. from Manchester
BEETHOVEN'S PIANOFORTE SONATAS
Played by EDWARD ISAACS Sonata in E, Op. 14, No. 1
Allegro; Allegretto ; Rondo (Allegro comodo)
WITHOUT any introduction, the first movement plunges at once into the happy first subject, a blend of vigour and playfulness. The second subject is a little more thoughtful, but the movement, on the whole concise and clear-cut in design, is in bright good spirits.
The second movement is a simple Allegretto in minor with a contrasting middle section in C major, and the last movement is a Rondo which, like the first movement, announces'its main tune at the outset.
Relayed from Birmingham
Following closely upon his first talk, Professor Fox proceeds to the problem of smell in the animal world. The importance of this sense can perhaps best be gauged by the fact that to the ordinary animal his nose is as essential as eyes are to man, the majority of animals hunting and living by scent rather than by sight.
Relayed from the Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Principal Violins, WYNN REEVES and S. KNEALE KELLEY)
The NATIONAL CHORUS
Chorus-Master, STANFORD ROBINSON
Conducted by Sir LANDON RONALD
(Eric Fogg )
A Ballade for Soprano and Baritone Solo, Chorus and Orchestra
INA SOUEZ (Soprano Solo)
HERBERT HEYNER (Baritone Solo)
THE National CHORUS
Conducted by THE COMPOSER
THE HILLSIDE is a Ballade for Soprano
* and Baritone solo voices, chorus, and orchestra to words from The Gardener, by Rabindranath Tagore. It was first performed by the Halle Choir and Orchestra in Manchester in November, 1927, when it received an enthusiastic welcome. It begins with an orchestral prelude in which a leading theme is heard at the outset. It is eloquently set forth by the whole orchestra, and after a second, more lyrical, melody has been heard, there is a quicker section with another theme of which a good deal of use is made later. A brief return of the second theme leads straight into the opening chorus, telling of a maid who dwelt on the hillside, and of women who came to fill their jars of water at the stream. One evening a stranger came down from the mountains, one whose appearance brought fear to the hearts of those who saw him, and next morning the little maid had vanished. The others wondered ' Is there a spring in the land where she is gone ? ' At that point, to music built up on the first opening theme heard in the prelude, the chorus divides into eight parts, with the words, ' We asked each other in dismay, " Is there a land beyond these hills where we live ?'''There is then an orchestral interlude founded chiefly on the two first themes from the prelude; it leads to a baritone solo which tells of a vision of the maiden who had vanished. Her own voice is heard.in an expressive solo telling of the land where she; is gone, and the Ballade comes to an end with a short chorus joining the two solo voices.
The reading of history has - as Mr. Kenneth Bell maintains in his article on page 193 - become a thrilling occupation. In tonight's talk Mr. Francis Hackett will show the other side of the medal, and give listeners a glimpse into the mental travail out of which books are born.
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