MARY OGDEN (Contralto)
ALFRED WALMSLEY (Tenor)
FRASCATI'S ORCHESTRA under the disection of GEORGES HAECK
From the Restaurant Frascati
For Town and Country Schools--
VIII, Dragon Flies,' by Miss C. VON Wyss
Relayed from King's College Hostel
ROMA JUNE (Soprano)
THE SYLVIAN TRIO
by ALEX TAYLOR from the Davis Theatre, Croydon
'ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP' (Eleanor Farjeon ), arranged as a Dialogue Story, with Incidental Music by THE OLOF
The Funeral March of the Marionettes (Gounod) with the story told by PERCY SCHOLES
; WEATHER FORE
CAST, FIRST GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN
MOZART STRING QUARTETS
Played by THE
INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET
III, Buying (Continued).' by Mr. A. KAHN
LAST week Mr. Kahn considered the vexed question of ' buying 'mainly from the salesman's point of view. His further analysis of the same question this week carries us, first of all, into an examination of the causes of the variation of price under free competition and under a monopoly. The places played both by the ' local' shop and the department stores in the question of buying are considered. And, lastly, Mr. Kahn gives an account of the cost of distribution from the produerc to the consumer.
by Mrs. NORMAN O'NEILL
Allegro in D, No. 38 - Scarbatti
Allegro in B Minor, No. 60 - Scarbatti
Allegro (Canon) in F, No. 54 - Scarbatti
Presto in D, No. 14 - Scarbatti
Berceuse (Cradle Song) - Chopin
Ballade, No. 1, in G Minor - Chopin
Intermezzo, C, Op. 110 - Brahms
Reflets dans l'Eau (Mirror'd in the Water) - Debussy
Soon after the success of The Girl of the Golden West, Puccini was commissioned to compose a Musical Comedy for one of the Vienna theatres. For generations it had been the home of sparkling light opera of the Johann Strauss and Supp6 order, and the libretto provided for Puccini was by Wilner, who had written the book for more than one of Lehar's successes. It was being translated into Italian for Puccini when war broke out and the contract had to be broken off. Puccini remodelled and completed the story himself, and mada it into what he called ' A Lyric Comedy.' The term is a little misleading to English readers; although there are humorous elements in the text, the tale ends unhappily and, indeed, the final tragedy is foreshadowed all through. Both in France and Italy the operatic world uses the term ' comedy ' as a contrast to ' grand opera,' for subjects which may be quite serious or even tragic, so long as the story is ' 'romantic' rather than ' heroic,' with the music modelled on suitably lighthearted lines. It certainly is here ; full of the luscious melody which Puccini has taught us to expect, many of the tunes are in really popular style and include several waltzes of the old-fashioned sentimental order.
The heroine, Magda, is a Parisian demimondaine, and the scene of the first act is the salon of the house in which she has been installed by the wealthy Rambaldo. Friends of his and hers are making merry, among them the poet Prunier, who professes to foretell the future by palmistry. He sees in Magda's hand a warning that she may fly away to a sunny land as swallows do, to find love there, and the prediction makes a deep impression on her, coming, as it does, after she has recalled a youthful escapade at a ball.
In the second act, at the Bal Bullier, a scene of brilliant gaiety, she meets adventure again in the same way, losing her heart to a youth who offers her a sincere devotion. The poet Prunier, with Magda's maid, Lisette, joins them, and there is a charming scene in which the other dancers scatter flowers upon the four young people.
The third act finds Magda and her youthful lover in an idyllic retreat on the Riviera. He looks forward to their marriage, and bis parents have written to give their blessing. But Magda, conscience-stricken, tells him of her wicked past, and leaves him, broken-hearted.
The text, together with an outline of the story, is given in full in the libretto which is available in the usual form, for all B.B.C. listeners.
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL
TEDDY BROWN and his BAND, from Ciro's