From page 87 of ' When Two or Three '
S. R. LITTLEWOOD
The second of this interesting series of talks continues Mr. Littlewood's glance into the two family albums of his grandfather, Thomas Thornton of The Times. Thornton was born in 1786 in Fitzroy Square, Marylebone, and lived nearly all his life in London. His entries in the family albums give a delightful picture of Regency London; the country village of Islington ; footpads on the road to Highgate ; a ' Charley ', or parochial watchman, sent sprawling into his box by a young ' buck ' on his way back from the tavern; and blackberrying in Maida Vale.
The Grand Symphony Orchestra :
The Vision of Fuji San ; By the Blue Hawaiian Waters (Ketelbey)
The German Concert Orchestra:
Pizzicato Polka ; Perpetuum Mobile Johann Strauss , arr. Markgref)
Marek Weber and his Orchestra:
Selection, Lilac Time (Schubert, arr. Clutsam)
The Grosvenor Symphony Orchestra:
Demoiselle Chic ; Bal Masqué (Fletcher)
At The Organ of The Plaza Cinema,
Clarinet Quintet in A (Mozart)
The Lener String Quartet and Charles Draper (clarinet) : i. Allegro; 2. Larghetto; 3. Minuetto ; 4. Allegretto
This work has always been known as the ' Stadlerquintet ', since it was composed by Mozart for his friend and crony Anton Stadler , a celebrated clarinet player. The quintet ranks very high in Mozart's chamber music, as high, some musicians think, as the two quintets for strings composed in the last two years of Mozart's life) when his powers were at their most mature.
Of the four movements, the second is probably the most familiar, from the fact of its many arrangements for other instruments ; for, though a slow movement, actually it is little more than an accompanied and very beautiful clarinet solo.
Leader, Frank Thomas
Rhys Williams (baritone)
Directed by Guy Daines
Relayed from The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
LILLY PHILLIPS (violoncello)
ANNE MUKLE (pianoforte)
Grieg wrote only one sonata for 'cello and piano and dedicated it to his brother. The music is characteristic both of the Grieg we know from his more frequently played works and of Grieg the Norwegian. The sonata was written when he was forty-two, and first appeared in 1885. Actually, it is, with the exception of the third Violin Sonata, his last published chamber music work. There are two main subjects in the first movement, the first a long singing melody, and the other quiet and subdued. The movement ends strongly and briskly. The second movement is both tranquil and dramatic, a combination peculiar to Grieg's slow movements. The third and last movement, boisterous and exhilarating, is made up of melodies that are as Norwegian as Grieg could make them.
The Children's Hour
MARTIN TAUBMANN and his
HUGH E. WRIGHT will tell a new story entitled ' The interminable trudge of Samuel the Snail ', and will also recite some nonsense verse
THE Zoo MAN
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
Directed by FRANK CANTELL
EVELINE STEVENSON (soprano)
Smetana's popular and ever-green comic opera, The Bartered Bride, has not only been broadcast complete from the studio in recent years, but acts from it have frequently been heard by listeners in relays from actual stage performances at Covent Garden Theatre and opera houses in other cities. The music from the opera is the jolliest imaginable, while a great deal of it is beautiful, and all is the work of a master musician and opera composer. There are dances in each of the three acts, and those now performed are a few of them—chiefly, however, taken from the last act, which is that in which the circus troupe appears. The tunes employed are Bohemian in origin or in construction, and reflect the true surroundings of the country the opera is about.
Smetana was above all a nationalist composer, a keen student of Czech and Bohemian folk-song, and The Bartered Bride is thoroughly native in tone and idiom. The music of these dances is authentic and belongs essentially to the Bohemia of the nineteenth century.
in Continental Dance Music with ARANKA VON MAJOR
LEO MUSSI and DINO GALVANI
An imaginative chronicle of certain events in the life of Omar Khayyam ,
Poet and Tent-Maker
Specially written for broadcasting by DEWAN SHARAR
Music arranged and conducted by ROBERT CHIGNELL
Production by the Author and VAL GIELGUD
This play, specially written for broadcasting by Dewan Sharar , is an imaginary reconstruction of certain episodes in the life of the celebrated Persian poet, Omar Khayyam , based upon stories in the original Persian.
The play includes not only a number of extracts from FitzGerald's celebrated translation of the ' Rubaiyat ', but also some of those from the less well-known translation by Richard Le Gallienne. Though considerably less famous, Mr. Le Gallienne's translation is, in Mr. Sharar's opinion, a more faithful reproduction of the original.
Mr. Sharar is an Indian author and dramatist of some reputation. He has recently published a large number of short stories in English, and his play, The Rajput's Pledge, was broadcast a month or two ago.
This programme will be repeated on all Regionals, except Midland, tomorrow evening
V C Clinton
Second General News Bulletin
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by THE COMPOSER
Suite from the Ballet, The Jester at the Wedding
1. March (The Princess Arrives); 2. Minuet (Dance of the Pages);
3. Humoresque (The Jester); 4. Valse (Dance of the Orange Blossoms); 5. Caprice (The Princess); 6. Finale
Moresque Valsette , Wood Nymphs
Fantasy, The Selfish Giant
Concert Waltz, Dancing Nights
A programme wholly devoted to the music of Eric Coates is becoming a familiar broadcast. Unless, however, Coates's music were not immensely and deservedly popular, such programmes would not, of course, be justified. The deduction is obvious. A brilliant student of the Royal Academy of Music, where his principal instrument was the viola, Eric Coates soon found himself in the front rank of players, and was for some years principal viola of the Queen's Hall Orchestra. He was a distinguished chamber music player, too. While still a member of the Queen's Hall Orchestra he had a good deal of his own orchestral music produced at its Promenade and other concerts.
Since 1919 he has practically given up playing, and has devoted himself to composition. Much of his music is in lighthearted vein, graceful and melodious, and all marked by thoroughly sound workmanship.
Read by NESTA SAWYER
The GROSVENOR HOUSE DANCE BAND
Conducted by SYDNEY LIPTON
Relayed from Grosvenor House,
Shipping Forecast, on 1,500 m. only, at 11.0