A Reading by Mr. ROBERT HARRIS
At THE ORGAN OF TUSSAUD'S CINEMA
Directed by HARRY FRYER
From THE SHEPHERD'S BUSH PAVILION
SASCHA LASSERSON (Violin)
LONIE BASCHE (Pianoforte)
A MAN of catholic but unexpected preferences, devoted to the music of Liszt, a worshipper of Beethoven and Bach (whose piano works he so finely edited and annotated), in tune with the later Verdi, admirer of Bizet, an intense lover of Mozart, a man to whom all works, even the little things, were either monumental and 'magnificent—to be conceived and interpreted magnificently-or they were nothing ; such was Ferruccio Busoni , the great pianist who aspired to be a greater composer, the son of an Italian father and a German mother, who combined the essential characteristics of both nations in his music, the composer of works of great nobility and a hampering intellectuality, the musician who had an open contempt for the academic, of which he was, however, complete master, and who sought to graft modern expression on to classic form and cause a neo-classicism to flower.
BERTINI'S DANCE BAND
From THE TOWER BALLROOM,
(From North Regional)
(North Regional Programme)
Written for the Microphone by J. HAROLD CARPENTER
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin; Bulletin for Farmers
PIANOFORTE MUSIC OF SCRIABIN
Played by LILIAS MACKINNON
Prelude in G Flat, Op. 11 Prelude in D Flat, Op. 35 Prelude in B Flat, Op. 35 Prelude in C, Op. 35 Mazurka No. I, Op. 40 Quasi Valse, Op. 47
Sonata, No. 4, Op. 30
Andante Prestissimo Volando
THE opening prelude in tonight's programme is
No. 13 from the twenty-four, of which the sixth was heard on Monday. It is pure poetry in Scriabin's most delightful Chopinesque manner. Opus 35, of which all three preludes are to bo played, is frank homage. Three styles are clearly reflected, Chopin, Wagner, and Schumann, in that order. The first of two Mazurkas, Opus 40, calls for little comment; it is delicate and graceful. Opus 47, Quasi-Valse, is in the nature of a sketch for a waltz with the characteristic Scriabinesque harmonies which, at this stage, were in the normal equipment of the composer. The fourth sonata. Opus 30, is a typical example of Scriabin's early feeling towards the composition of music of a new psychological import. The ' theme of ecstasy,' used later in the ' Poem of Ecstasy ' for orchestra, can be traced in embryo. The sonata is played through without a break.
General notices connected with Government and other Public Services
by OSCAR WILDE
AN IDEAL HUSBAND was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in 1895, with Mr. Lewis Waller in the part of Sir Robert Chiltern , Miss Julia Neilson as Lady Chiltern, and Mr. Charles Hawtrey as Viscount Goring , at a period when its author's star was at its brightest, and nothing ruffled the late-Victorian serenity of a brilliant first-night at the home of English comedy. Life then, on and off the stage, had a measured cadence, and there was time to deliver an epigram and wait with agreeable certainty for the laugh. But time and the microphone have altered all that. In its adapted form for broadcasting, Oscar Wilde 's play stands or falls upon its own merits, unsupported by the red and gold of its original frame and, necessarily, by much dialogue that is not strictly relevant to the plot. An Ideal Husband is set in a world of public affairs, carried on with some pomposity by ' rising young ' and ' distinguished old ' statesmen, and in a no less exalted world of Society, inhabited by ' beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics.' With this once fashionable setting, and deprived of the charm its period offers to the eye, the play still holds by its stylish presentation of intrigue in high quarters, of reputation delicately balanced against integrity, of the beautiful bad woman from the past, and. above all, by its always acceptable implication that there can be no ' ideal husband ' without the perfect wife.
Against a fitting background of Mozart, the play, with its four-square plot, measured dialogue, and clear black and white moral issues, has an agreeable formality that more than compensates for its outmoded idiom. The producer has marshalled a distinguished east, including Miss Kyrle Bellew , well known as leading lady in many of the late Arthur Bourchier 's productions at the Strand Theatre, Miss Grizelda Hervey , and Mr. Leslie Perrins , that should give the best possible account of the sound theatrical virtues of this favourite of nearly forty years ago.
A Running Commentary by H. W. RAWNSLEY-GURD
Relayed from the EMPIRE STADIUM, WEMBLEY
SPEEDWAY enthusiasts will welcome this relay of a number of the heats of the fifth and final Test Match between England and Australia from the Empire Stadium, Wembley. A record crowd is expected, and the arena will be decorated and floodlit; a special sound-film record of the match will bo made while the races are in progress. Listeners unacquainted with Speedway racing will find much to thrill them.
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WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
Mr. VERNON BARTLETT
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL