H. P. MARSHALL Rugby Football Comments
NOW that the Rugby season is in full swing' in London as well as in the Provinces,. Mr. Marshall's talk will be particularly welcome,. As a famous Harlequin forward and an old International, and also the co-author, with W. W. Wakefield , of a book on Rugby football that has rapidly become a standard work, he has every qualification to talk about the game.
ANDREW GLAYTON (Tenor)
CECIL DIXON (Pianoforte)
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
BERLIOZ was rather severe on Herold, who, he declared, lacked a style of his own. He dismissed Zampa ' as not real French, German, or Italian music—only' Parisian music.'
If Herold was not highly inspired, he certainly worked hard enough, for in a life of a little over forty years he composed at least a score of operas.
The favourite overture to ' Zampa ' is made out of tunes from the Opera rather loosely strung together.
THE distinction of inventing the Nocturne belongs not to Chopin, but to the Irishman, John Field. The Nocturnes of Field have not lost their charm, but Chopin had a wider emotional range and a finer feeling for the possibilities of the piano than had Field. Though Chopin's first Nocturnes are not unlike those of the Irishman, he very soon shows his developing imaginative power and technical freedom.
The Nocturnes, like many other of Chopin's pieces, are capable of bearing a good many poetical interpretations. Many of them may reasonably he interpreted as love songs. And we may imagine the composer, as he distilled this sweet music, phrasing it with his own tender yearnings, for Chopin was often in love. ANDREW CLAYTON Songs
IN the days of our parents' youth Strauss had a magic name, whether it were that of the Johann who saw Queen Victoria come to the throne, or. his more famous son Johann (1825-1899), who composed ' On the Beautiful Blue Danube ' and over four hundred other dances. Johann, the younger, eclipsed his father, and became the most popular musician in Vienna in the middle of last century.
As a youth he nearly took up banking, for his father did not wish his son to go into the musical profession; but waltzes were in the blood, and would como out. Young Johann had been writing them since he was six and he kept on doing so for nearly sixty years.
Nowadays waltzes are out of fashion as a form of popular dance music. But considering what the modern fashion is, to be out of it for a few minutes may be appreciated by many as a restful and pleasant experience.