From page 81 of ' When Two or Three'
G. H. HALL , M.P.
Directed by Norman Austin
The New Victoria Cinema, Edinburgh
By CHRISTOPHER STONE
As an alternative to the Scottish Regional programme for Schools, from 1.45 to
3.0 Scottish National will radiate the Regional programme (details at foot of page) and from 3.0 to 4.5 the London Regional programme (details on page 471)
(14.00) RECEPTION TEST-
2.5 (-2.25) Tracing History .
K. C. BOSWELL : The King's Peace'
2.30 (-2.50) King's English
Reading and Drill: Ear Training
A. LLOYD JAMES , Professor of Phonetics, School of Oriental Studies, London
Relayed from WESTMINSTER ABBEY
ERNST DEISSMANN and IRMGARD HERRMANN : ' Schulwanderung in dem Schwarzwald'
Directed by Guy Daines Frank Brady (baritone)
'The Island in the Mist', No. 3
'The Arrival' by FRANKLYN KELSEY
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
MONTEVERDI'S MADRIGALS sung by THE WIRELESS SINGERS
Conductor, LESLIE WOODGATE
Lamento D'Arianna (Arianna's
Lament) i. Lasciatemi morire (Let me die)
2. 0 Teseo, Teseo mio (Oh Tesio, my Tesio)
3. Dove, dove e la fede (Where, where is faith ?)
4. Ahi ch'ei non pur risponde (Alas, he too does not answer)
(from the 6th Book of Madrigals for
Five Voices) (1614)
MARIA DE LAGUNA, M.A. (Lond.) (Examiner to the University of London)
' Trade Unionism since 1913'
H. L. BEALES (Reader in Economic History at the London School of Economics)
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
THE SEASON of grand opera at Covent Garden sees the first performance in Britain of Strauss's very newest opera, Arabella, so new that it was produced for the first time on any stage only a year ago in Dresden. On that occasion no more than the first act was relayed from the Dresden State Opera House. Now,however,we are to hear all the three acts, but not all at once ; thus, tonight's relay of the first act will be followed by the second act on Mav 21. and the third act on May 29.
Arabella is the nearest in type to the well-beloved Der Rosenkavalier of all the operas written by Strauss in the period between the composition of these two, and consequently is the opera most likely to appeal to British audiences. The setting, atmosphere, period and story of Arabella offer the same attractions as they do in the. earlier opera.
The libretto of Arabella, by Hugo von
Hofmannsthal, author of most of Strauss's later opera texts, was taken from his own short shory .' Lucidor ', and relates a pleasant tale of comedy and intrigue. The period is 1860, and the setting Vienna amongst the ' best people '. All this provides splendid opportunities for gay music ; particularly music in waltz-time, for in 1860 Johann Strauss was at the height of his popularity, and, as the ' Waltz King ', wore with distinction the most firmly established and safest crown in Europe.
An article on Arabella by Edwin Evans with a detailed synopsis of the plot is on page 425 of this issue. Listeners will do well to get inside the story ; as with all modern operas, a knowledge of what is doing on the stage very greatly increases the interest of the broadcast.
Weather Forecast, Second General News Bulletin
The Economist): 'Europe's
Centre of Gravity'
B. WALTON O'DONNELL
OWEN BRYNGWYN (baritone)
THE leading composers have until quite recently neglected the Military Band, as though so popular a medium were unworthy of their best ideas. Times are changing, and more and more the great composers are realising that the band is in every way as well adapted for presenting their music as the concert orchestra may do. Gustav Holst is among the few modem British musicians who have given the military band a fair share of their best work, composing, among other music,' two vigorous and thoroughly popular Suites for it. The second one is largely based on folk tunes, and the only further point of interest for listeners is that the two tunes which are so cunningly welded together in the last movement are the ones which Hoist uses in the same way in St. Paul's Suite for Strings. The first movement is a March, in which three tunes are used-a Morris Dance from Cecil Sharp 's Collection, 'Swansea Town', and ' Claudy Banks '. The second is a song without words, on the tune ' I'll love my love ', and the third is ' The Song of the Blacksmith '. All four of these tunes were collected by the late Dr. G. B. Gardiner in Hampshire. The last movement is a Fantasy,
Dr. G. B.
Conducted by the Rev. W. H. ELLIOTT
St. Michael's, Chester Square
Rev. W. H.
HOWARD JACOBS and his BAND
Relayed from The Cafe Anglais
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 11.0)