Personally conducted by JACK PAYNE
BOBBY SANDERS (in a Potpourri of Songs)
J. C. HARRIS (Banjoiat)
5.45 THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (From Birmingham):
' Prascovia—a Russian Heroine,' a True Adventure Story by MARGARET M. KENNEDY
EDITH JAMES will Entertain
'Making the best of it-II, Mishaps of a Holiday,' by VERA GREEN
ANNE THURSFIELD (Soprano)
THE ENTENTE STRING QUARTET: CECIL BONVALOT (1st Violin); DOROTHY CHURTON
(2nd Violin); JAMES LOCKYER (Viola);
EDITH CHURTON (Violoncello)
NOWADAYS there are Composers who, when
- they have thought of a song or a little Piano piece, call it ' Opus 72,' and then proceed to an equally trivial Opus 73,' and in this way reach their hundred without much trouble or expenditure of genius. Beethoven, when he was twenty-eight, wrote six full-size String Quartets (of which this is the fourth), occupying one hundred and fifty pages of score and taking a good three hours to perform, and called them Op. 18. Those were the spacious days of music.
Op. 18 is a grand volume, and famous in the world of Chamber-music. It stands beside the equally famous Op. 59, a book of three Quartets written six years later.
The four Movements are :—
(1) A long Movement of stem character with very decided tunes.
(2) A light-fingered Movement in which the Instruments frequently speak in a kind of dialogue, answering and taking up each other's tunes.
(3) A Minuet. It is not at all like dance music, the title being a recognized label for the usual Movement in a style and a rhythm that had descended from the old Minuet.
(4) A rushing Movement in which the first tune keeps on coming round again. Hence it is called a ' Rondo.'
HAYDN'S warm, genial nature is re. fleeted in most of his music, especially, perhaps, in his String Quartets, which are of all classical ' music the most easy-going to hear.
This one is called the ' 'Hornpipe'
Quartet, because the last Movement. dances along much in that style.
Its other three parts are respectively a piquant opening Movement, based on two contrasted Tunes, then a short and tender song-like piece, with the usual Minuet as Third Movement.