JULIUS ROSTALL (Violin)
HENRY BRONKHURST (Pianoforte)
From St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate
relayed from tho Hotel Metropolo
THERE is a perennial and never-failing thrill in turning out of the roaring, traffic-laden London streets into the quiet, secluded courts and alleyways of the Temple. This peaceful enclave between the heart of newspaperland and the bustle of the Strand i, full of curious corners, and all its buildings have associations with great figures of the past. The Knights Templars founded it and built the Temple Church but since the fourteenth century it has been the lawyers' domain. In this afternoon's talk Mr. Allen Walker will take his listeners through the interesting places of the Temple, including the Church and the Middlo Templo Dining Hall, where Twelfth Night was played for the first time.
by JOHN DRINKWATER
THIS afternoon the company who have recently broadcast a series of the plays of tho English ' classical ' dramatists. will produce in the London Studio a modern historical tragedy. Mr. Drinkwater's Oliver Cromwell was first put on at His Majesty's Theatre in 'May, 1923, when Abraham Lincoln had made his name as a playwright and done much to revive the vogue of the historical play, Played by a very strong cast, with Mr. Henry Ainloy in the name-part at its head, this study of the Puritan leader in his more human aspect attracted considerable interest, though Mr. Drinkwator did not score such a success with his English, as with his American, Civil War.
GADGETS and CONTRAPTIONS
' Wonderful James ' and Genial Jemima ' will be very much to the fore.
' Prelude,' the Story of a Motor-Cycle Let Loose
' Some Up-to-date Gadgets (with Illustrations), by THE WICKED UNCLE (G.M.I.C. to tho
From the PRINCE OF WALES PLAYHOUSE.
MENDELSSOHN'S ORGAN SONATAS
Played by E. T. COOK
Relayed from Southwark Cathedral
IN his fourth talk the Master of Balliol will examine the history of the doctrine of economic individualism and its corollary, the inevitability of economic laws. Thence he will cousider how far the economic relation can be the foundation of a society, and whether ethics are not necessary all the same.
Relayed from the Queen's Hall, London
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD.
RAYA GARBOUSOVA (Violoncello)
THE drowsy meditations of the faun (half goat, half man) are presented in a haze of sound that wonderfully suggests his halt-formed images of the nymphs he has pursued with his affections, the woods, the pools and meadows where he has sought them. and. at last, his wondering whether some day he may perhaps meet the great goddess Venus herself. All this is indefinite, emotionally, yet the music, closely attended to is found to offer a series of perfectly clear melodic outlines, the vague effect resulting not from any lack of clarity in texture, but from the use of melodic twists and turns of a peculiarly piquant and attractive kind, and by subtlety of harmony and delicacy of orchestration.
JANACEK (born in 1854) is a Czecho Slovakian composer who worked quietly away for a long time, writing Operas, before he became known outside his circle at Brno (formerly BrÃ¼nn), where he has taught and played the Pianoforte and Organ for many years. He was over sixty when his Opera Jenufa was produced. This has become well known in his own country and in Austria and Germany, and has also been performed in America.
Janacek's study of folk music (about which he has written a book) has led him to seek a new type of vocal music for his Operas, founded on the natural inflections of the speech and song of the folk, the influence of whose dance and song-tunes is to be found in most of his instrumental pieces also.
ORCHESTRA A Roman Carnival - Berlioz
Prelude, the ' Afternoon of a Faun' - Debussy
Sinfonietta ' (First Performance in England) - Janacek
Bridal Procession. Act II (' Lohengrin ') - Wagner
THIS is one of the six Concertos for 'Cello that Haydn loft. It was written when lie held the happy post of Master of the Music to Prince Esterhazy, who kept up a magnificent establishment that was described M second only to Versailles in brilliance and luxury.
It is in three quite short Movements: The
First Movement is genial and bustling; the Second has sweetly expressive themes for the solo instrument, the Orchestra playing but a small part in accompaniment ; and the Last Movement is the usual Hondo, dancing along in effervescent happiness.
THlS work, one of the many inspired by the story of the libertine Don Juan , of the Spanish legend, is founded on a poem of the Hungarian writer Lenan (1802-1850). Ho presents the Don as a man in search of an ideal woman, in whom he can enjoy all perfections. He is continually disappointed, and finds nothing but weariness in all his adventures. At length Disgust (for thus is Satan figured in this version) brings an end to his adventures.
We find, then, in the music all the moods of Don Juan-his youthful fire, the maidenly charm of women, and then the philanderer's disappointment and spiritual defeat.
HERMAN DAREWSKI. a Soprano and a Bari tone in a Pot-pourri of his popular numbers PATRICIA ROSSBOROUGH and IVOR DENNIS , in Syncopation
MICHAEL HOGAN. in ' Cheering up Alf.' a Sketch by MABEL CONSTANDUROS
CLAPHAMand DWYER (a Spot of Bother)