The Station Orchestra
conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Ravel's suite of dances in waltz rhythm has as a motto a quotation from the poet Henri de Regnier: 'The ever new and delightful pleasure of a useless occupation'.
In its original form (for Piano) the set of waltzes was played in 1911 at a concert at which all the items appeared on the programme without the composers' names, and the audience was invited to try to discover their identity. A majority correctly ascribed the Waltzes to Ravel, but Saint-Saens, Satie. d'Indy, Messager and other composers were named by some listeners.
The arrangement for Orchestra was made in the following year.
There are in all seven short dance sections, with an Epilogue in slow time.
Orchestra conducted by:
There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a
historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any
given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the
understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time
- not those of today.
To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and
50s, you can navigate by issue.
Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and
is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to
obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in
programmes, online etc.
This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers,
images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio
Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available
externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.