PILGRIMAGES were a great feature of mediæval life. The most earnest pilgrims abandoned their homes and set off on foot for Jerusalem or Rome—journeys that might take years ; but all sorts of people went on the shorter pilgrimages, to Canterbury, for instance, and the English shrines. In this talk Miss Rhoda Power will describe two typical pilgrimages, one to Canterbury and one across the sea.
, ' THE THRESHOLD '
A Play in One Act
By HAROLD CHAPIN '
Jenny, a miner's daughter. A pretty, simple girl of seventeen. Bright, smiling and cheerful
Charles Rnynor , a commercial traveller. About thirty years of age. Tall, with dark hair and moustache. Smartly, but not well dressed. The kind of man who would—amongst the poorer classes— be considered handsome
A!.:o two Welsh miners
It is an early morning in spring, with a chill grey light shining through the window of an upstairs room in a miner's cottage. The apartment is furnished as a bed-sitting-room and is occupied by Charles Raynor , who, at the moment, is dressing behind a screen. Jenny brings in his breakfast.
Some people are unmusical, and are even proud of it. Any who are should listen to this talk by Dr. Savill, who, in her book Music, Health and Character,' describes her own discovery of music, when she had come to regard herself as a person totally unmusical and bored by all concerts.
Several of the composers who are represented in this concert are fairly well known to us by now - Stravinsky and Honegger in particular. The latter was formerly spoken of as a member of the ' Group of Six' formed in 1918, his five friends being Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, Louis Duroy, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Taillefere. The only bond between them was that of a common aspiration towards new ways of musical expression. Their aims and achievements differed considerably. The youngest are Auric and Poulenc, who were born in 1899, and the oldest is Durey, born eleven years earlier.
Several of them owe something to Stravinsky (born 1882), of whose work we have had several examples recently.
Charles Koechlin is of an earlier generation. Born in 1867, he began a mathematical career, and only entered the Paris Conservatoire when he was twenty-three. He is of a more retiring disposition than the 'Six,' and his music has not until recently been at all well known.
MARCELLE MEYER (Pianoforte)
THE PRO ARTE STRING QUARTET: A. ONNOU (1st Violin), L. HALLEUX (2nd Violin), G. PREVOST (Viola), R. MAAS ('Cello)
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