JACK PAYNE and the B.B.C.
PURSALL and STANBURY
(Entertainers at the Piano)
' Peter and the Palace Garden,' by Azeline Lewis
Songs by ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto)
JAMES DONOVAN (Saxophone)
' A Chat about Swimming,' by PERCIVAL HARDIDGE
; WEATHER FORE
CAST, FIRST GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JosErn LEWIS
F. ALISON GREEN (Tenor)
DOROTHY DANIELS (Pianoforte)
DELIBES' incidental music to Le Roi s'Amuse was composed for a revival of the play at the Comédie Francaise in November, 1882. In the form of a Suite, it has always been popular, though not quite rivalling Sylvia or Coppelia, the ballets which more than anything else, won him his distinguished place as a composer of charmingly dainty and graceful music.
The Suite is a series of old-fashioned dances.
The first is a Galliard, a stately measure in triple time, which was long a favourite in Court and Society. Listeners will remember Shakespeare's line— ‘I did think by the excellent constitution of thy leg that it was formed under the Star of a Galliard.'
It was always followed in the old days by the still more stately Pavan, and in this Suite, Delibes followed that tradition. The third movement is the ' Scene of the Bouquet,' with a gracious flowing melody for the Violoncellos. The next has the name of Lesquercarde, a courtly movement in long, dignified measures; it is followed by a Madrigal, with a dainty tune shared by Violins and woodwinds. The sixth, and probably the best-known, movement is a Passepied, the old dance of supposedly Breton origin, very popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth" centuries. It was in a livelier time than most of the old dances, and the example in this Suite has a merry tune. A brief return of the Galliard, the first movement, brings the Suite to a close.
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
Leader, FRANk CANTELL
Conducted by Joseph Lewis
ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto) WILLIAM PRIMROSE (Violin)
THIS Symphonic Suite is always popular wherever it is played. In every way an important work, dignified in design and admirable in its craftsmanship, it is all fresh and wholesome music, setting forth the ideas of its subject in the happiest way. In its melodious grace and its rhythmic vigour, listeners will easily discern some kinship with the well-known dances from the music for the Shakespeare plays, and the whole work is, in the best sense of the word, English in conception and character.
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS Bulletin
THE PICCADILLY PLAYERS, directed by AL STARITA , and THE PICCADILLY GRILL BAND, directed by JERRY Hoey , from the PICCADILLY HOTEL