FREDERICK GRINKE (Violin)
ROBERT EDWARDS (Pianoforte)
IN 1908, John Ireland won a Cobbett competition against 134 competitors, with his first Sonata for violin and pianoforte. The work was published, and quickly found a place in the repertories of more enterprising violinists, and Ireland's reputation began to take lank. His next sonata, the one now to be performed, was written during the early years of the War, and was first played by Albert Sammons and William Murdoch in March, 1917.
In some strange way the music of this sonata seemed to take on the colour of a war-harassed world, and to reflect human emotions of that time very exactly. At any rate, the sonata had a great successâ€”the Press could not speak highly enough of it, and soon every violinist was including it in his repertory. What is even more unusual for a Chamber Music work, competing offers were received from publishers, and a first edition was completely sold out before any of the copies had been printed. No work of its day had a more bracing influence on the prospects of British music.
Being a collection of Plays, Songs, Poems, and a Ballet, chosen and adapted for broadcasting by C. DENIS FREEMAN and M. H. Allen.
THIS programme is the first of a new series, -*- which aims to include matter more varied than can be brought under the heading of any of the forms into which broadcasting 'now falls. This Srst ' collection of items' starts with a little play—virtuaDy a monologue—by Katherine Mansfield , a study of the inner self of a charwoman, p)ayed by Margaret Yarde , who has become famous on the stage by her interpretation of just such roles. It is followed by the best-known of the Idylls of Theocritus, in which the Psalm of Adonis is set in the chatter of women who lived in Alexandria more than two thousand years ago. Hugh Bradford 's ballot, TAe JocMatt! and f/te Pigeons, has been done at Sadler's Wells, and the music has been broadcast, but tonight's arrangement, by which lie will play it as a pianoforte solo with spoken monologue, is new. The programme a!so includes Arthur Bliss 's song, 'Madam Noy,' which Anne Thursfield will sing to the accompaniment of a curious combination— nuto, clarinet, bassoon, harp, viola and double bass.
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