At THE ORGAN of THE REGAL,
From THE PICCADILLY HOTEL
Mr. ERIC PARKER : 'Round the Countryside—
VIII, The Rainbow'
Sir WALFORD DAVIES : Final Concert Lesson
(2.30 Juniors; 3.0 Seniors)
Monsieur E. M. STÉPHAN with Mademoiselle
COUSTENODLE : ' Early Stages in French '—VIII
4.5 'THE CLAIMS OF SCIENCE '—V
Mr. GERALD HEARD : Man and his Mind '—II (Sociology and Conclusion)
Directed by JOSEPH MEEUS
From GROSVENOR HOUSE, PARK LANE
A Country Holiday-V
' On the High Moors '
A Dialogue Story written for the Children's Hour by ARTHUR DAVENPORT
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin; London Stock Exchange Report and Bulletin for Farmers
BACH'S CHORAL PRELUDES
Played by Dr. W. G. ALCOCK
ST. MARGARET'S, WESTMINSTER
An Wasserflussen Babylon (By the Waters of Babylon)
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (I will not leave my God)
Herr Jesu Christ , dich zu uns wend (Lord Jesu Christ , turn Thee unto us) 0 Lamm Gottes , unsehuldig (0 Lamb of God unspotted)
THE Chorals were in the very blood
-L of Bach. He was reared on them, and from a child the Lutheran Hymn-book was his constant companion. Hia earliest and his last compositions are associated with the Choral, which was to him a symbol of his religion, as indeed it was to the deeply devout German people among whom he lived; and since everything he ever composed was dedicated to the Glory of God, the Chorals figure overwhelmingly in his music. He is known to have made no fewer than 500 settings of some 300 of the melodies in use in the Lutheran' Church. The greater number is to be found in the Cantatas.
Dr. W. G.
Conductor, B. WALTON O'DONNELL
LEONARD GOWINGS (Tenor)
Giovanna d'Arco was Verdi's seventh opera in order of composition. It was written during the winter of 1844/5 in the unreasonably - for Verdi - short time of three months, and produced at The Scala in Milan. The libretto, a poor one, was based on Schiller's Maid of Orleans, of which celebrated play Mr. Francis Toye, who writes of the opera in his fine 'Verdi, His Life and Works,' has no great opinion. 'If Giovanna d'Arco,' he says, 'seems to us incredible and silly, it is only one degree more silly and incredible than The Maid of Orleans.' Apparently Verdi was not happy with the libretto, and musically the opera was a failure. Contemporary criticism records only the fact that Frezzolini, as The Maid, sang superbly, and says nothing about the music except that one solitary critic refers to the overture in terms of warm praise.
Some musicians claim that Gianni Schicchi is Puccini's finest musical effort, and it would be difficult to find a happier or more comprehending union of words and music than in this wittily sparkling one-act comic opera. The text was written by Puccini's great friend Gioachino Forzano, a playwright of renown in Italy, and the story has the true ring of a mediaeval farce. It was first produced in 1918 in New York, together with two other one-act operas which are now not often performed. Gianni Sehicchi is, however, very popular in all continental opera houses, though in England it has not thoroughly endeared itself to English audiences. One reason for which it is difficult to find credence has been put forward for this neglect. It has been more or less authoritatively stated that the British public shies at attempting to pronounce the title of it at the Box Office, and in self-defence at the last minute books for something else - say, Carmen - instead. If it is possible there be any such, for their information the correct pronunciation is, roughly, Janny Skeeky.
DR. AGNES FRASER : A Warrior Tribe'
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL
by SEVERIN EISENBERGER
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