From page 27 of ' When Two or Three'
This is the first of a novel series comprising six talks to be given every Monday until October 8. Mr. S. R. Littlewood is to illustrate from diaries their interest and value to succeeding generations. Classic examples, of course, are the diaries of Pepys and Evelyn that have given us such a human insight into Stuart times. We can't all be diarists to command interest like either of these, because they mixed with contemporary figures of moment, but the humblest of us, if we have the staying power (which few of us have), can keep a diary that may be of absorbing interest to our grandchildren.
This morning Mr. Littlewood will read such a diary written by his own grandfather, Thomas Thornton of The Times, or, rather, he will give a short biographical sketch based on that diary. Mr. Littlewood is dramatic critic of The Morning Post and author of a number of charming books for children.
At The Organ of The Plaza Cinema,
Instrumental Music by Grieg William Murdoch (pianoforte) : Norwegian Bridal Procession
Rachmaninov (pianoforte) and Kreisler (violin) : Sonata in C minor-1. Allegro molto ed appasionato ; 2. Allegretto espressivo alia Romanza ; 3. Allegro animato
Leader, Frank Thomas
Madge Thomas (contralto)
Directed by Guy Daines
(Leader, THOMAS MATTHEWS )
Conductor, HORACE FELLOWES
The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
The overture to Ruy Bias , Victor Hugo 's drama of that name, was written by Mendelssohn, when he was thirty, and at the height of his powers. He loathed the play and said so, but he composed the overture simply because the proceeds of the concert at which it was to be played were to be devoted to The Widows' Fund of the orchestra. Mendelssohn himself refused to call it anything else but the Overture to the Dramatic Fund. In view of the fact that it is admittedly one of the most effectively brilliant of his orchestral works, it seems hardly credible, but none the less true, that the whole thing was composed literally in a few hours.
In February, 1887, Borodin died, and during the summer of the same year Rimsky-Korsakov worked hard on the orchestration of the former's Prince. Igor. In addition, Rimsky-Korsakov composed the Spanish Capriccio based on certain sketches he had made previously for an anticipated violin fantasy on Spanish airs. ' According to my plans ' says Rimsky-Korsakov, ' the Capriccio was to glitter with dazzling orchestral colour, and, manifestly, I have not been wrong'. The five sections of the melodious work are, indeed, brilliantly coloured and quite characteristic of the Spanish national idiom.
BETTY HUMBY (pianoforte)
It is well known that when Franz Liszt was about twenty he was possessed with the desire to take up the Church as a profession, and neglected his music in consequence. Since, as a pianist of extraordinary powers, he had Paris at his feet, Liszt's friends, particularly students who wished to take lessons with him, deplored this state of affairs; one student even penetrated to Liszt's den, iind found him, so far from succumbing to Church discipline, reclining on a divan smoking, a la Turque. Without moving he asked the student to play, and listened for a few bars apathetically, but presently becoming very excited Liszt asked the student what it was ; on learning that it was a Weber Sonata, Liszt sat down and began to play the Sonata himself. So beautiful did he find it that, as the story goes, he was not only won back to a life of music, but made a promise to the bold student that he would teach him ; indeed, that he should be his only pupil. The roll cf those described as Liszt's ' only pupil' is, of course, a very long one.
MARIUS B. WINTER and his DANCE
The Children's Hour
Pianoforte Solos by CECIL DIXON
' The Little Princess is Impatient', by RENE WORLEY , told by MARY O'FARRELL
Songs by FREDERICK GRISEWOOD
THE ZOO MAN
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
Directed by JOHN BRIDGE
In which the artists taking part will introduce themselves
ALBERTA HUNTER America 's Foremost Brown ' Blues'
Big, Bright and Breezy
The Celebrated Violinist
(Assisted by J. BYFIELD at the Piano)
The Mutterer and HARRY BIDGOOD with his BAND
A Romantic Journey of Yesterday and Today from London to Holyhead
A Broadcast in Commemoration of Thomas Telford
The Road Maker
(Died September 2, 1834)
By FILSON YOUNG
People : and Ghosts : and Produced by LANCE SIEVEKING
A Romantic Traveller:
A Welsh Patriot:
Railway Porters, Seamen, etc:
Railway Porters, Seamen, etc:
A Stage Coachman:
An Irish M P:
Second General News Bulletin
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by H. FOSTER CLARK
The Serenade by Brahms, one of the two he wrote early in his career, is the first of his published works for full orchestra. It is built up in the traditional form used by Mozart and others of his predecessors, and contains the two delicate and exquisite Minuets which so often appear as an item by themselves in concert programmes.
Read by NESTA SAWYER
SYDNEY KYTE and his BAND
Relayed from The Piccadilly Hotel
Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 11.0