From page 84 of ' When Two or Three'
' A Sixpenny Cake and Others '
At The Organ of The Regal,
Directed by Joseph Muscant
The Commodore Theatre,
A Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Eileen Joyce (pianoforte) : Etude de concert in F minor (Liszt)
Frank Titterton (tenor): By the Sea ; On the Water (Schubert)
Szigeti (violin): Adieu; Serenade
Klena Gerhardt (mezzo-soprano) :
Vor dem fenster (At the Window); Die Forelle (The Trout) (Schubert)
Eileen Joyce (pianoforte) : Si oiseau j'étais, a toi je volerai (A Bird Study) (Henselt) : En Route (Concert Study) (Palmgren)
Directed by Frank Cantell
Conductor, ERNEST W. GOSS
MARY HAMLIN (soprano)
Relayed from The Pavilion, Torquay
IN the nineties of last century, we had some reason to be proud ot our achievements in light opera. Not only was D'Oyly Carte running the Gilbert and Sullivan operas at the Savoy Theatre with unabated success, but George Edwardes , another immensely clever theatrical impresario, was producing, at Daly's Theatre, a different and rather lighter series of entertainments, to which he gave the name' of musical comedy.
In those days, and for some years after, we did not import our musical plays-we exported them, and to the whole of Europe and America. It is not too much to say that Kngland invented ' musical comedy ', and while it is very far from the highest form of comic opera, it has been found good enough for continental composers to imitate. Yet of all the musical comedies that have arisen out of George Edwardes ' ventures—The Gaiety Girl, The Geisha, San Toy, My Lady Molly, and a host of others-none have really surpassed, at any rate musically, those set to the engaging tunes composed by Sidney Jones. Amateurs up and down the country perform them constantly, and The Geisha, to name no others, is still given in continental theatres.
(West Regional Programme)
THE SERRE TRIO:
Queenie Dyer (violin);
Kathleen Riddick (violoncello);
Daphne Serre (pianoforte)
Trio in G minor, Op. 110.....Schumann
1. Con moto, ma non troppo ; 2. Andante sostenuto; 3. Vivace allegretto; 4. Energico e con brio
Trio in A minor, Op. 22.. Waldo Warner
1. Quasi Fantasia; 2. Scherzo; 3. Finale
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
The Children's Hour
Pomona in -Ireland No. 4—'The Jaunting Car', by W. M. LETTS , arranged as a dialogue story, with incidental music, played by ERNEST
' The Right of the Line', by Major
J. T. Gorman , read by MAC
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
BEETHOVEN'S PIANOFORTE SONATAS played by EDWARD ISAACS
Sonata in A (Op. 2, No. 2)
1. Allegro vivace ; 2. Largo appassionata ; 3. Scherzo : Allegretto ; 4. Rondo : Grazioso
(Dedicated to Joseph Haydn )
MAx KROEMER (Instructor of German at the Polytechnic, Regent Street,
London, and for the L.C.C.)
JAN VAN DER GUCHT (tenor)
Funeral March of a Marionette Gounod
HUMOUR is a very difficult thing to convey in music. Irony, satire and burlesque are of a necessity common constituents in the works of operatic composers, but simple fun and ordinary buffoonery are not easy to simulate in orchestral music deprived of the help of voices and words.
This example of Gounod's, however, is an exception. One of the dolls in a puppet show has, we are to suppose, just died, and his fellow-dolls are in solemn attendance as mourners at his funeral. It is true puppet-music with a touch of puppet-pathos, and, as humour of a simple kind, is extraordinarily effective.
van Der Gucht
' Speaking our Minds '
H. LEVY (Professor of Mathematics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology)
Weather Forecast, Second General News Bulletin
by DOROTHY HILDRETH
Relayed from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
It is the morning of the Festival of St. John. Sachs is seated reading. He talks a little with David, his apprentice, and falls into meditation, voicing his thoughts in the famous monologue, 'Mad, mad, all the world's mad'. Walther, his guest, now enters and tells Sachs of a song that came to him in his dream. Sachs notes it down and comments upon it; they go out, leaving the song on the table and Beckmesser enters the room. He is Walther's rival in the song contest and for the hand of Eva, and seeing the song, concludes it is by Sachs and carries it off.
Sachs returning, is visited by Eva, who pretends that one of her shoes needs attention, but who really hopes to see Walther, and is rewarded by his appearance. David and Magdalena now enter, and the scene concludes with the singing of the glorious quintet, one of the most lovely passages in all opera.
The next scene is the meadow prepared for the Song Contest. The Guilds, with banners flying, arrive one after another, followed by the dignified entry of the Mastersingers. After a chorus in praise of Sachs, the Contest begins. Beckmesser sings first, and not understanding the song he has stolen makes it sound ridiculous. He is derided by the people. Walther now sings the song as it should be sung, and wins his right to election in the Guild and the hand of Eva. The act comes to an end with Sachs's impassioned defence of German Art and the Mastersingers, followed by a chorus of the assembled multitude singing in homage of Sachs.
Roy Fox and his BAND
(Scottish Regional Programme)
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 23.35)