Talcs of The Tower of London—I : The Pageant of the Building of the Tower, by L. DU GARDE PEACH
The Pageant will conclude with an excerpt of the actual broadcast of tho Ceremony of the Keys. This has been recorded by the Blattnerphone-Stiller System
(Leader, MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by PERCY PITT
HENRI TEMIANKA (Violin)
BORODIN, like many of his compatriots in the modem Russian school of music, was, strictly speaking, an amateur. Medicine was his roal life-work, with chemistry as his special subject, and at the early age of twenty-eight he was Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Medical Schools of Petrograd. His text-books on the science are looked up to as of real value and importance. He had a large part, too, in founding the Petrograd School of Medicine, for Women, and gave one of his daily lectures there on the day on which he died.
When wo remember the strenuous lifo he led and tho scanty nature of his musical equipment, the volume of music which he left, and the high level which much of it loached, are both astonishing. His opera, Prince Igor-founded on an old Russian story which corresponds in many ways to our King Arthur legends-will always rank as among the finest of national operas ; and a!l his work is bold and original. This work, like the opera, owes its origin to a patriotic impulse. In listening to it, one has to remember that Borodin had something of the East in his blood—his father was a Prince of tho old State, Imoretia, beyond the Caucasus—and that the warmth and brilliance of the East appealed to him strongly. The atmosphere in this piece is thus no spurious ' local colour ' such as composers have frequently learned at second hand ; all through it. as one listens, it is easy to imagine the great plains stretching away on every side into a distance that seems to have no end. Through the silence, so the composer tells us in a note in front of the score, one hears the beginning of a peaceful Russian song.
A little later, the cor anglais plays a melancholy Eastern song; a caravan escorted by Russian soldiers crosses the desert, and wo can hear the tramp of horses and camels as they go steadily forward on their long, arduous journey.
The English Crooner
NOSMO KING and PARTNER
' Black-Faced Comedians
CLAUDE HULBERT and ENID TREVOR
Some more nonsense
JACK PAYNE and his B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA will play during the programme
THE WEEK'S VAUDEVILLE
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