By Dr. HAROLD E. DARKE
Relayed from ST. MICHAEL'S, Cornhill VIVALDI was a great Violin virtuoso of the eighteenth century, who was also an orchestral conductor.
Most people imagine that an orchestra for ladies only is a modern idea. But Vivaldi conducted such an orchestra-at a foundling hospital for girls in Venice.
He was a priest as well as a Violinist, officiating in both capacities at St. Mark's, Venice.
Bach greatly admired Vivaldi's music, and arrangedtwenty of his Concertos for Keyboard use.
SHOPS, orders by post and the delivery vans of the big stores have finally extinguished the pedlar within the memory of many of us, but ho was once a familiar figure on the English roads, and three centuries ago he was an important factor in the economic organization of the country. It is of a boy pedlar of this period that Miss Rhoda Power will talk this afternoon.
THIS afternoon's story from the Arthurian cycle is one that has taken its place amongst the great love stories of the world. Under varying forms, with names variously modified (Tristan and Tristram-Iseult, Isoud and Isolde) it has been chosen by such different artists as Malory, Tennyson, Swinburne, and Wagner as the inspiration for as widely differing works of art.
THANKS to the influence of the United
-L States, grapefruit is gradually ceasing to be regarded in England as a luxury to be eaten before dinner, and taking its place as an agreeable breakfast food. Oranges, of course, are a very old-established favourite, but even they can be served in many appetizing new ways. In this afternoon's taUt Miss Helen Tress-who is Lecturer in Household Arts at King's College for Women, and who has recently achieved her Cordon Bleu-will give some new suggestions for dealing with both fruits-
Give a Dog a Bad Name, and other songs by WINTER COPPIN
The Man with the Green Face—aWhimsical
Story by RICHARD HUGHES Piano Solos by CECIL Dixon
Hints on Hockey by MARJORIE POLLARD , who plays for England and is an authority on the game
by HAROLD SAMUEL (Pianoforte)
Olive Groves (Soprano)
EVERYONE knows Debussy's excellence in delicately imaginative and pictorial music. Most of his sketches are impressionistic, and we need little more than the title to help us to conjure up the scene which the composer has endeavoured to translate into musical terms.
It is not on record that Debussy ever went to
China, so that these Pagodas are not a strictly authentic record. It may be that his eye had dwelt on some engraved pictures of Chinese scenes-for Engravings (Estampes) is the title of the volume from which this piece is taken: or maybe Debussy is thinking only of those little China men who nod to us from mantel-pieces-they also are called Pagodas. The only suggestion we get from the music is the continuous tinkle of bells-bells of all kinds but those that ring in the belfries of Europe.
The cool charm of the portrait of the ' lassie wi' the lint-white locks' is particularly attractive. One feels that the composer has conjured up the perfect parallel in sound of the portrait in the poem of Baudelaire that inspired the piece.
The Toccata is a swift, airy piece that might
. almost stand as an expression of the spirit of Mercury, the winged messenger.
THERE can bo few listeners who are still unacquainted with the unique character of A. J. Alan 's broadcast stories. Those who know his characteristic style will realize what delights are in store for them when they learn that the B.B.I, of his title stands for the British Burglars' Institution, and that the story that ho will tell this evening deals with his experiences in the sphere of houscbreaking, where, unfortunately, all his experiments seem to go wrong.
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