THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by EDGAR BAINTON
Tchaikovsky's Symphonic Poem, originally called an Overture, is based upon a subject congenial to him. There is that in the play which reflects many of the despondent moods to which Tchaikovsky was only too prone. It remains, however, one of his finest orchestral works, apart from the symphonies.
Translated by ARTHUR WALEY
By ZENCHIKU UJINOBU (1414-1499)
AYA NO TSUZUMI
(The Damask Drum)
Attributed to SEAMI
Listeners need not be deterred by the unfamiliar look of tonight's programme of Japanese plays. Inevitably, in a broadcast version, they are shorn of their traditional stage setting, and come to the listener in Arthur Waley 's translation as dramatic poems of considerable beauty. The form and subject of these plays are deeply rooted in the traditional life of Japan, and coloured by Buddhist beliefs ; even so, the Western listener hears a story, beautifully told, that gives him an example, as exact as translation can ever be, of Japanese dramatic literature.
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