Relayed to Daventry
MYFANWY BRYNGWYN (Recitals) OWEN BRYNGWYN (Baritone)
THE STATION ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
EVERYONE knows the type of composition called ' Theme (or Air) and Variations,' if only through Variations on The Bluebells of Scotland or Home, Sweet Home. It is difficult to think of any Composer, of any importance or of none, who has not tried his hand at writing variations on some tuno which took his fancy.
Edward German's Theme and Six Diversions is really a ' Theme and Six Variations,' only he used the word ' Diversions ' because, we are told, the Theme is treated more freely in some of them than in the old-style ' Variations.'
The Theme (which is preceded by a forceful
Introduction) is slow and solemn. Edward German comes from the Welsh border, and perhaps it is permissible to find a suggestion of Welsh hymn-tune in this Theme. The Six Diversions are in the following styles. :-
(1) fairly quick, dignified; (2) Very quick and playful; (3) Quick and lively. A Gipsy Dance ; (4) Slowish, but with movement ; calmly.
Mr. OWEN BRYNGWYN. the Welsh baritone, sings in the Welsh Programme that the Birmingham Station is relaying to Daventry at 8 o'clock.
The Muted Strings are hero divided into ten parts. (5) Quick, in valse style ; (6) Slowish, but with motion.