From page 12 of ' When Two or Three '
To marry an Englishman'
A large number of listeners will regret that the talk this morning is to bring to an end one of the most fascinating series yet devised by the B.B.C. The talks have made for infinite variety. Novelty, the unusual, glimpses of other lands-they have whetted the appetite and been a bon quart d'heure in a workaday morning. Since Miss Helen Simpson opened the series with ' On Witchcraft Bound ' in early April, the series has never flagged.
Previous speakers have shown reasons for going abroad. This week Mrs. Gabriella Melville , a Jugo-Slavian lady, is to reverse the angle, and show why a foreigner came to England. She was born at Belgrade, married an English journalist, collaborated with him on special correspondent missions in various parts of Europe, and, most important of all, has brought up their son.
Listeners will remember that
Mrs. Gabriella Melville contributed a talk on Jugo-Slavia in ' The International Housewife ' series last year.
At The Organ of The Plaza Cinema,
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D, played by Huberman and The
Berlin State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Steinberg. I. Allegro moderato ; 2 Canzonetta: Andante ; 3. Finale : Allegro.
Leader, Frank Thomas
Muriel Jones (soprano)
Directed by Guy Daines
(Scottish Regional Programme)
(Leader, Thomas Matthews )
Conductor, HORACE FELLOWES
Relayed from The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
(North Regional Programme)
JOHN SNOWDON (violoncello)
MARION KEIGHLEY SNOWDON
Directed by HENRY HALL
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
VERA WISE and ANDRÉE CONTI
An interview with Geraldo on his non-stop programme appears as this week's -' Background to the Broadcast ' on Page 215. The names of the 145 tunes Geraldo is to play will be printed in THE Radio TIMES next week.
Second General News Bulletin
(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
GWYNETH EDWARDS (soprano)
Hamish MacCunn was a considerable figure in Scottish music at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. He was born in Greenock in 1868, studied at the Royal College of Music-was, indeed, one of the original students there-and at the age of twenty-two he was appointed professor of that institution. He was no more than twenty-one when he composed this overture, which from the first was successful and did much to make his name known. It still remains one of the best known of his works. It has a pronounced Scottish flavour, and although based upon Scottish idioms, it is distinctly original. MacCunn later became a conductor, particularly of opera. He died at the comparatively early age of forty-eight.
The generation that is today struggling to reach the more advanced stages of pianoforte playing is probably spared from mastering the once dominating Scharwenka. Once, no drawing-room was complete without one poor, suffering child who was expected during the evening to give a more or less inadequate performance of Scharwenka's Polish Dance. There could, in the 'nineties of last century, scarcely have been a more hated piece of music, hated equally by performer and listener. This is no reflection on the music itself; it is just an engaging piece of music of Polish character scored for orchestra, and is as palatable as other pieces of the same nature.
There were two Scharwenkas -
Philipp and Franz Xaver , his brother. In this connection Philipp is the villain of the piece. It was he who wrote this particular Polish dance.
Francois Clement Theodore Dubois was born in 1837 and died in Paris only ten years ago. He was a composer of note in his day, wrote a number of operas, a good deal of church music and music for the organ. He showed his brilliance early and gained the Prix de Rome in i86r. He held a number of important positions in Paris, succeeding Saint-Saens as organist at the Madeleine, was later elected to the Institut in place of Gounod, and subsequently became head of the Paris Conservatoire. In this suite, which is frankly ballet music of the type in which Frenchmen have always excelled, Dubois is writing in a vein altogether different from his organ and church music. It is taken from his opera of the same name, first performed at the Paris Opera, in 1883.
By William Morris
Read by FELix AYLMER
THE GROSVENOR HOUSE DANCE BAND
Conducted by SYDNEY LIPTON
Relayed from Grosvenor House,
Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 23.00 (11.0)