Mr. HUGH THOMAS : ' Salmon Catching'
THIS week's 'unknown workers' are the salmon fishermen who cast their nets in a lovely reach of the Severn just below Tewkesbury. Theirs is an ancient craft, and the rights of the fishing in the reach Mr. Thomas describes were secured by Magna Carta. From these fishermen in the rivers of the West of England comes much of the salmon marketed, and this description of their methods and background gives a fascinating glimpse of a little-known, but picturesque, occupation.
At THE ORGAN of THE TROCADERO
CINEMA, ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
From THE HOTEL MAJESTIC, ST. ANNE'S-ON-SEA
(From North National)
Conductors, Sir DAN GODFREY and DENIS WRIGHT
JOHN STERLING (Pianoforte)
Relayed from THE PAVILION, BOURNEMOUTH
(Conducted by THE COMPOSER)
CÉSAR FRAXCK is one of the few composers who have effectually' achieved what many another has tried to do and failed. Professionally ho was an organist and teacher, and a composer only during the few hours of leisure left over from his arduous duties. He composed because he could not help it, and not for any more mundane reason. Happily and contrary to all precedent-Bach naturally excepted-his career as an organist is forgotten, and he lives in history as a composer of genius. Remain Rolland, the French critic, aptly expresses the strength of his influence thus : 'In the face of Wagnerian art, he unconsciously resuscitated the spirit of Bach, the infinitely rich and profound spirit of the past..... He founded a school of symphony and chamber music such as France had never before possessed ; which was in some respects newer and more daring than that of the German symphonists.' This work consists of a theme and four variations played without a break ; it is not written in a strain of extreme virtuosity, and there are no fire-work and bravura passages such as are to be found in the average concerto, though, of course, nono but a virtuoso can do the work justice. The main impression it gives is one of lucid romanticism and clear lyrical beauty.
At THE ORGAN of THE ASTORIA CINEMA
The Family will reassemble round the Microphone after the holidays
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL News
Bulletin i Bulletin for Farmers
PIANOFORTE MUSIC OF SCRIABIN
Played by LILIAS MACKINNON
Sonata, No. 3, Op. 23, in F Sharp Minor
1. Dramatico : 2. Allegretto; 3. Andante: 4. Presto con fuoco
WITH this sonata, Scriabin is regarded as definitely striving to throw off the influences which had hitherto obsessed him, particularly that of Chopin. Chopin has not entirely fled, but Liszt is beginning to usurp the position. From the harmonic angle, too, a change is in evidence ; new ideas were taking hold of him, and in this work may be discovered traces of the harmonic scheme which was later to become a psychological formula, and to reach its early fruition in the orchestral symphonies and maturity in his last work for orchestra, Prometheus : The Poem of Fire. This sonata, sometimes called by the composer ' The Gothic,' is said to be a record of impressions received from contemplating a ruined castle. Note a theme in the last movement of the sonata. It was used in the composer's own home as a lullaby.
Sir DANIEL Hall , K.C.B., F.R.S., Chief Scientific
Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture
Mr. Serge Chermayeff presents the view of the decorative artist in this September Symposium based upon the recommendations of the recent Gorell Report - 'Design in Industry' - that aimed at bringing artists and manufacturers into closer working relationship. Mr. Chermayeff is best known for his decorative scheme for the Cambridge Theatre, London, and for his treatment of several of the studios at Broadcasting House, notably the large Military Band and Orchestra Studio, and the Discussion Studio.
Relayed from THE QUEEN'S HALL, LONDON
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
Academic Festival Overture
BRAHMS in 1880 was made Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Breslau. It was necessary that he should submit a thesis in the form of a composition. As Sir Henry Hadow has said : ' A ceremonial of so solemn and academic a character, naturally demanded an unusual display of learning. Symphonies were too trivial, oratorios were too slight, even an eight-part a capella chorus in octuple counterpoint was hardly adequate to the dignity of the occasion. Something must be done to mark the doctorate with all the awe and reverence due to the Philosophic Chair. So Brahms selected a handful of the more convivial student-songs and worked them into a concert overture which remains one of the most amusing pieces of pure comedy in the whole range of music.' The songs Brahms used in this overture are three known as ' The Father of his Country,' the ' Freshman's Song,' and ' Gaudeamus igitur.'
ADOLF BuscH and Orchestra
Violin Concerto in D
1. Allegro non troppo ; 2. Adagio ; 3. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4, in E Minor
1. Allegro non troppo ; 2. Andante moderato; 3. Allegro giocoso ; 4. Allegro energico
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Roy Fox and his BAND, from MONSEIGNEUR