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From page 33 of 'When Two or Three'

: ' Thinking Aloud'

'WHAT IS IT ABOUT HORSES that gets you ? ' Arthur Street is to ask that question this morning, and he will answer it as only he can. Humour, sentiment, a practical mind, a sense of beauty, knowledge these are all combined in his talks. In the opinion of a growing number of listeners he stands right in the front rank of those who give talks on the air.


Unknown: A. G. Street
Unknown: Arthur Street


At The Organ of The Trocadero
Elephant and Castle


Leader, Frank Thomas
John J. Lewis (tenor)


Leader: Frank Thomas
Tenor: John J. Lewis


Directed by Alfred Van Dam
Relayed from The Troxy Cinema


Directed By: Alfred van Dam

: A Pianoforte Interlude



Unknown: Ernest Lush


Conductor, Sir DAN GODFREY
Relayed from the Bandstand in the ; Pine Walk, Bournemouth
Anglo-American Programme
(Independence Day)
SIR EDWARD GERMAN'S best known orchestral work, The Welsh Rhapsody,' was composed for the Cardiff Festival of 1904. It is built upon four traditional Welsh airs, opening with 1 ' Loudly proclaim ', followed by Hunt! ing the Hare ', a very vivacious tune,
' David of the White Rock ', slow and quiet, and ending with a march, ' The Men of Harlech '.


Conductor: Sir Dan Godfrey


All Nationals except Daventry
Directed by
P. G. H. Fender (centre of back row) in a cricket group at St. George's College, Weybridge. The famous Surrey and England cricketer will give another talk in the Children's Hour this afternoon at 17.15 (5.15).


Unknown: Henry Hall

: ' The First News '

Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers


A Schubert Programme
Marche Militaire Who is Sylvia ? Scherzo in B flat Serenade
Hark, hark ! the Lark ! Waltzes
Two Impromptus
(Pianoforte, BERNARD CROOK)
Two Pieces for strings i. Moment Musicale ; 2. The Bee
Cradle Song Minuet
Ballet Music (Rosamunde) arr.
Kreisler Impromptu in A flat
Moment Musicale No.


Unknown: Kreisler Impromptu

: ' In Trouble' Summary

A Discussion between
Lt.-Colonel Sir ViviAN HENDERSON , M.C., M.P., and CYRIL BURT (Professor of Psychology in the University of London)


Unknown: Sir Vivian Henderson
Unknown: Cyril Burt


and his


Unknown: Brian Lawrence

: ' The Second News'

Weather Forecast
Second General News Bulletin

: Symphony Concert

(Leader, W. H. REED )
Conducted by Sir LANDON RONALD
Symphonic Poem, Villon .. Wallace
THE SON of an eminent surgeon, William Wallace was intended for the same calling, and was a brilliant graduate in Medicine, of Glasgow and Vienna Universities. The call of music proved to be too strong, however, and though Dr. Wallace did splendid work during the War at the head of the Ophthalmic section of the Army Medical Services, he has for many years past given himself up mainly to composition. He has made his mark, too, in the world of letters, writing not only the words of much of his own vocal music, but contributing articles of value and interest to periodical literature. He is the author of a mystery play, The Divine Surrender, and of an important work on music published in 1908. Villon is the sixth of his Symphonic
Poems in order of composition ; it was first produced at a ' Prom ' in 1909. It presents the poet with something of the sympathy which Strauss shows towards Till Eulenspiegel-rogue and vagabond, with but little regard for the proprieties of mankind's laws, but gifted, none the less, with two real saving graces : poetry and laughter. It is the finer and more tender side of the character which William Wallace 's music portrays.
Symphonic Poem, Don Juan Strauss
THE central FIGURE of this vivid and sparkling music of Strauss is a very different person from Mozart's gay and debonair Don Giovanni. He was the hero of a poem by Lenau, a Hungarian whose real name was von Strehlenau ; at the early age of forty-two he lost his reason, and died, hopelessly insane, in 1850. Don Juan was first performed in 1889 at Weimar, while its composer was conductor of the Court Orchestra there, and was enthusiastically received. The most obviously melodious, and the most easily understood of all Strauss's Symphonic Poems, it has long ago won its way to the affections of music lovers all over the world ; not even the older school, with their insistence upon form and even formality, can be indifferent to the lyrical beauty of its themes, and their brilliant presentation. In its design it adheres fairly closely to the Rondo of the classical Sonatas and Symphonies, and in the varied forms in which the chief themes return, we can follow the adventures of the Don in his crazy search for his ideal of incarnate womanhood. There are four principal themes heard at the outset, all glowing with the youthful ardour of the quest. These are set forth and developed at some length, to form the first section of the work. The second section of the poem, which is quoted in the score, tells of disillusionment. That is set before us in the music no less vividly than the zest and youthful vigour of the first part, the principal theme of which reappears. It introduces the closing section, representing the tragedy with which Lenau's poem comes to an early end-Don Juan's death and his despair in realising that life has lost its charm for him, that nothing is left but ' the cold and dark ash-strewn hearth.'
Symphonic Study, Falstaff..... Elgar
THAT GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN and thoroughly English character, Sir John Falstaff , is the subject of a number of operas, and has inspired a number of composers each to draw his portrait differently. As treated by Verdi in his last and finest opera, Falstaff, the man is perhaps nearest in conception to Shakespeare's original, though both Hoist, in The Boar's Head, and Vaughan Williams , in Sir John in Love, have dealt sympathetically with one or other phase of Falstaff's many-sided character. But as a ' study ' of the knight, Elgar's symphonic poem is the most comprehensive of the three English works, for he alone has gone deeper into the spirit of the knight, gentleman, and soldier, as revealed by the dramatist, than is confined within the limits of an encounter with Doll Tearsheet, or an adventure in a soiled-linen basket.
So deeply, indeed, that when the first performance was given at the Leeds Festival in 1913, Elgar had already thought it wise to prepare the audience by means of a long and detailed programme note.
Falstaff is played through in one movement, but falls into four main divisions. The first, designed as a courtly and genial conversation with Prince Henry, shows us the knight in ' a green old age, frank, gay, corpulent, loose, unprincipled, and luxurious.' The second takes us to the town, the tavern, and gay adventures, followed by the first of two interludes, scored for small orchestra, in which Falstaff dreams of his boyhood as a page to the Duke of Norfolk.
The third division is Falstaff going off to the wars, followed by the second interlude, a quiet movement in Shallow's Orchard. The last division, an epilogue. begins as a triumphal march,- and ends with a picture of the tragic decay and death of the greatest and most lusty-hearted roysterer in literature.


Leader: W. H. Reed
Conducted By: Sir Landon Ronald
Unknown: William Wallace
Unknown: William Wallace
Unknown: Don Juan Strauss
Unknown: Don Giovanni.
Unknown: Don Juan
Unknown: Sir John Falstaff
Unknown: Vaughan Williams

: ' Hymn to Intellectual

Beauty', by Shelley, read by PATRICIA McNABB


Read By: Patricia McNabb


Relayed from Th: Dorchester Hotel
Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 23.00 (11.0)


Unknown: Jack Jackson

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