From ' When Two or Three,' page 33
Mr. A. G. STREET
The ' farmer-milkman-author-broadcaster' gives another of his popular talks on the changing face of the countryside. He is an invaluable friend to the countryman exiled in the city, and an invaluable guide to the townsman who can only make occasional visits to the country.
Mr. A. G.
At The Organ of The Trocadero
Cinema, Elephant and Castle
12.45 THE WESTERN STUDIO
Leader, Frank Thomas
Relayed from The National
Museum of Wales
Overture, Plymouth Hoe
Two Symphonic Rhapsodies
1. I pitch my lonely caravan ; 2. Bird songs at eventide, and I hear you singing
Hindu Song ...Rimnky-Korsakov La Poupee Valsante (The Dancing
Doll) .....Polrlini ,
Rhapsody No. 2, in D ......Liszt
(West Regional Programme)
Relayed from The Palace, Erdington, Birmingham
by CECIL Dixon
These two pieces arc in Debussy's early vein, and, charming as they are, do not yet do more than suggest the new translucent technique, the hitherto undreamt of beauties that Debussy brought to his later work, and which were to affect the outlook of an entire generation of composers. At this stage, however Debussy had not completely shaken off the influence of the Grieg-Massenet school of pianoforte music.
Yet his first efforts, from which these two pieces are taken, are full of character and real, even if early. Debussy. They were written between
1888 and 1890, while Debussy was still in his twenties, and though they seem, today, innocuous enough, were composed at about the same. time as two works which were submitted to the Institute in accordance with tho terms of the Prix de Rome, and which were even then giving the conservative and rather shocked members a great deal to think about. The works m question were the cantata, The Blessed Damozel, adelightfurand very harmless setting of Rossetti's poem, and the orchestral piece Le Printemps
The first was accepted with considerable misgiving by the Institute, but the latter was rejected as quite unplayable.
Conductor, Sir DAN GODFREY
HAROLD FIELDING (Violin)
Relayed from The Pavilion, Bournemouth
Harold Fielding, one of the youngest of English violinists-he is only just sixteen-is also one of the most promising. He has already appeared in public at important concerts with distinguished success, and has broadcast throe times. This afternoon he is playing a Vivaldi Concerto, which displays not only his powers, but his good taste. Antonio Vivaldi was himself a violinist of great fame in the latter half of the seventeenth century, and wrote several concertos and other works for his instrument. Bach was particularly attracted to Vivaldi's music, and he arranged some of the concertos for clavier or organ. In one case he developed a Vivaldi concerto into a concerto (the one in A minor) for four claviers and a quartet of strings.
For a long time this was held to have been, not an arrangement, but an original work of Bach's.
This is one of the loveliest conceptions of Spring in music, and, at the same time, one of the most beautiful of Dclius's shorter pieces, the other being Summer Night on lite River. It dates from 1012, and was first performed at a Philharmonic concert in January, 1914, under Mengelberg. It is based upon two themes, in one of which the Cuckoo Call can be heard, while the other is taken from a Norwegian folk-song.
The drama of the Norwegian poet Bjornson, Sigurd Jorsalfar (Sigurd the Crusader), is a tale of Norway in the time of the Crusades. Sigurd and his brother, Eystcin, sons of the great Harald, are fierce rivals, each reigning over part of Norway. At the end of the play they become reconciled, and dedicate themselves jointly to the service of their country. Grieg wrote incidental music for the production of the play, afterwards recasting several of the movements in the form of a very effective Suite, second in popularity only to the two Suites from his music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The three movements have all the vividiy picturesque manner of Grieg.
At the Organ of The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool
Songs by WINIFRED FISHER
Another Adventure of Gerry (Kit Higson)
' Mischief,' by BRYAN POWLEY
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL News
BULLETIN and Bulletin for Farmers
An Eye-witness Account by HOWARD MARSHALL
Relayed from Lord's
(Copyriyhl. See notice in column 2)
The cancellation of the first of this year's Gentlemen t'. Players matches, which was due to begin at the Oval on July 5, gives added interest to the match which begins at Lord's today. Today, and on Thursday and Friday, Mr. Howard Marshall will broadcast at 6.20 for ten minutes an eye-witness account of the day's play from the ground. In spite of the publicity given to Test Matches of recent years, this fixture, which was inaugurated at Lord's in 1806. retains its prestige as the most important of the domestic season.
Directed by John Bridge
Listeners will be hearing the ninth relay from this stronghold of Variety in Manchester since the microphone was first placed there in April last year. These relays, enlivened by the ' atmosphere ' of a full house determined to get its full store of enjoyment, form a welcome occasional alternative to studio variety. The Manchester Hippodrome celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary three years ago, and has welcomed in its time such famous figures as Sarah Bernhardt , Ellen Terry , and Pavlova.
THE LESLIE BRIDGEWATER LIGHT ORCHESTRA
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
THE WIRELESS CHORUS
(Chorus Master, CYRIL DALMAINE)
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER)
Conducted by ERNEST MACMILLAN
'Prelude and Fugue in G minor
Bach, orch. Macmillan
Ernest Macmillan, unlike so many conductors on the North American continent, is actually a native of the country to which he has chosen to devote his career. He was born in the province of Ontario forty years ago, pursued his early studies in Toronto, and secured his F.R.C.O., and Mus. Bac., Oxon, while at Toronto University. Later, however, he came to Europe for further study, was unhappily in Germany on the outbreak of war, and was interned ' for the duration.' Macmillan, besides being one of the first conductors in Canada, is an organist having held important posts, a composer who has written much good work, and a distinguished figure in the musical life and activities of Canada.
Solomon, from which this chorus is taken, is one of Handel's finest oratorios, written when he was sixty-four and still at the height of his powers. It has been broadcast in its entirety, notably three years ago from Queen's Hall under Sir Thomas Beecham.
It is a disconcerting and constantly recurring reflection that had opera been indigenous to this country as it is to Germany, France and Italy, our composers would have had their opportunity to show their mettle on the operatic stage and very possibly their complete competency to write operas as fine and successful as have their more fortunately placed European contemporaries. Imagine what an opera from Elgar's pen might have been, or one by Arnold Bax. In the place of opera, however, British composers who aspire to get their works performed, have to write concert platform choral works-as did Berlioz with The Damnation of Faustâand it is owing partly to this fact that so spirited a choral work as St. Patrjckj Breastplate, such lovely choral effects as are displayed in Bax's carols, Of a Rone I sing, and Mater ora Filium, and so apt a series of stage pictures as his ballet, The Truth about the Russian Dancers, are, in form, as near as we may dare hope to get to a Baxian music drama. This work was written ten years ago, and practically concludes a period given over to choral .composition. Since then Bax has given us the three later of the four symphonies that have ranked him high in the roll of modern symphonic writers.
(This is an original and hitherto unpublished poem selected from, the entries sent in by listeners for the B.B.C. Poetry Competition)
Roy Fox and his BAND, relayed from The Kit-
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