THIS is the first of a series of five fortnightly talks on 'Insurance Problems.' The first two will deal with ' Health Insurance,' the second two with ' Unemployment and Insurance,' and the last one with ' Wages and Old Age Pensions.' Mr. Newrick is the Assistant Secretary of the Iron and Steel Trades Approved Society, and also Vice-Chairman of the Ministry of Health (Approved Societies) Consultative Council. The aim of the series is to give simple, practical information and advice on the question of who is eligible to join approved societies, how to join, what benefits are available, and so on.
' La Précieuse ' (Couperin, arr. Kreisler), and other Pianoforte Solos, played by CECIL Dixon The Story of 'The Cats, the Cow, and the Burglar,' from ' The Phoenix and the Carpet' (E. Nesbit)
Folk Songs sung by GEORGE Dixon
A Few Hints on ' Sprinting,' by H. M. ABRAHAMS
FOUR discussion-talks have now been broadcast, in this series, between members of various boys' and girls' clubs in London. These talks have brought to light many problems, not generally familiar to us all, in connection with the organizations of young people. It is the intention of this present discussion, between the chairmen of the previous talks, to consider some of the more interesting and useful of the points raised in the previous talks.
SCRIABIN PIANOFORTE MUSIC
Played by IRENE MARIK
SCRIABIN, born and brought up in the Russia of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, was in many ways unlike his contemporaries in what we call ' the Russian school.' Making his name first as a brilliant pianist, playing much of his own music, he retired from the concert and teaching world at the age of thirty-two and gave himself up to composition. His first pieces for the pianoforte are delicate and fanciful, with something of the restless striving, as well as much of the poetry, which made its way into all the art of that era. So far, he was quite a typical Russian of his own age.
It was a time when the air was full of religious and philosophical aspirations, vague and rather dreamy, though utterly sincere.
Scriabin was very soon the archpriest, in music, of the new ideals; until his untimely death at the age of only forty-four, he consecrated all his zeal and energy to one high purpose, a great ' Mystery,' so he called it, in which all art would bo united in the service of religion. His later work was all devoted to that end, and though he himself would no doubt have thought of his big orchestral symphonies and poems as coming nearest to a realization of his ideal, it is gradually becoming clearer to the present generation that he moved more confidently, with a more assured certainty, in his pianoforte pieces-the later sonatas, the ' Satanic Poem,' many of the Studies, and ' Vers la flamme.'
Himself a consummate master of all the resources of the pianoforte, he did a great deal to extend the scope of its technique, and in that way, too, his pianoforte pieces have an importance which musicians of today are beginning to deny to his orchestral work.
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