From page 57 of ' When Two or Three '
S. R. LITTLEWOOD : 'Other Peoples Family Albums'
The talks Mr. S. R. Littlewood gave recently on the Family Album called forth a big response from listeners. They sent him letters and extracts by the score from their own albums. 'He received, amongst other letters, one written by an old sailor, who had served both at the Battle of the Nile and at Trafalgar.
Today Mr. Littlewood is to read some of these extracts, and to tell listeners some of the interesting things that other listeners have remembered and have told him.
Mr. S. R.
GEOFFREY CROWTHER : 'Ourselves and World Conditions '
You have been hearing in the last three talks about industrial conditions abroad. This morning Mr. Geoffrey Crowther , of The Economist and the News-Chronicle, is to tell you how those conditions abroad affect trade and industry at home.
' Die Deutsche Schule '
ERNST DEISSMANN, Dr. Jur.
Act I of Donizetti's Opera
' Don Pasquale '
ORCHESTRA of LA SCALA, MILAN
Conductor, CARLO SABAJNO
Don Pasquale is a wealthy old bachelor who is about to marry. So is his nephew, against the old man's wishes.
Dr. Malatesta, in league with Norina,
Ernesto's fiancee, dupes Don Pasquale into a mock marriage ; Norina, assuming the air of a convent-bred ingenue, being the accommodating ' bride '. Once she has him she makes Don Pasquale 's life a torment, until, learning the truth, he joyfully agrees to a real marriage between Norina and Ernest and makes them a marriage settlement into the bargain.
The scenes in Act 1 are a room in Don Pasquale 's house, and later a room in Norina's. The three outstanding arias in this act are ' Quel guardo ' (glances so soft), ' So anch' io la virtu magica ' (I, too, thy magic virtues know), and the duet in which Norina and Dr. Malatesta discuss and rehearse the trick they propose to play on Don Pasquale.
by JOHN PULLEIN
St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
SCOTTISH NATIONAL 285.7 m.
Details will be found on page 300.
Directed by Guy Daines
' The Practice and Science of Gardening'
C. H. MIDDLETON : 6—' The Flower
' Alexander the Great'
In last Thursday's talk Professor Eileen Power told Schools about the rise of Athens, about the struggle with Persia, about Greek civilisation, and about Alexander the Great.
Today in a dramatic interlude
Miss Rhoda Power is to take you in imagination to the funeral games held in Egypt in honour of Alexander immediately after his death. In between the chariot races you will hear what the soldiers, who have followed him on his great march into Asia, think of him as a man, and what they say about his achievements as a conqueror.
They do not agree about him because no collection of people ever agreed about anything. But those who praise him will cite some of his exploits, and you will see that among his contemporaries there were many who realised his importance to the world, for he had tried to make East and West learn something from each other.
Meanwhile, the chariot races will still be heard going on in the background.
Société des Ce&certs du Conservatoire, conducted by Philippe Gaubert : Scheherazade—The Story of Prince Kalandar (Rimsky-Korsakov)
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Koussevitsky : The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Pictures at an Exhibition) (Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel)
Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, conducted by Piero Coppola : Ma Mere I'Oyc (Mother Goose) (Ravel)—Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty; The Fairy Garden; Hop-o'-my-Thumb; Little Ugly, Empress of the Pagodas ; Dialogue between Beauty and the Beast
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Fire Bird Suite (Stravinsky)—Princess plays with the golden apples ; Danse Infernale
Russian composers, whose music makes up most of this programme, have always shown a fondness for fairy talcs, and nothing seems too fantastical (or them to write music about. A great many operas and most of the ballets they have composed are adapted from fairy talcs, often from the naivest of them. Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden, now in the repertory at Sadler's Wells Theatre, is but one of his many charming fairy-tale operas ; Stravinsky's Pctroushka is additional evidence of his sense of the fantastic ; one of Ravel's operas is about magic in a nursery : it would, therefore, be difficult to find three more typical members of the fairy group of composers.
Early Stages in German
MARIE Louise HILLER , D.Phil., assisted by RUDOLPH KOTTENHAHN
NEYSA FORSHAW (violin)
WILLIAM BuscH (pianoforte)
(Leader, Alfred Cave)
Conducted by H. Foster Clark
including Weather Forecast and;Bulletin for Farmers
The Foundations of English Music
Under the direction of Sir Richard Runciman Terry
Songs of Sundry Natures by William Byrd (1589)
Sung by The Wireless Singers with a consort of viols led by Rudolph Dolmetsch
I. Carol: From Virgin's Womb
Chorus: Rejoice, Rejoice
2. Carol: An Earthly Tree
Chorus: Cast off all doubtful care
3. Dialogue between two shepherds
4. Christ rising again (first part)
Christ is risen again
Leader of musicians:
J. A. HOBSON : Under-consumption and its Remedies'
by ANTON TCHEKOV
Tchekov wrote Ivanov when he was only twenty-seven. But his manner of writing never changed. Nor did his outlook. It is a play about provincial Russians amongst whom he worked as a doctor. And, as both doctor and writer, he had no illusions about people. It is hard to dislike any of his characters, however wrong-headed in thought, or contemptible in action you may consider them.
Some people think of Tchekov as highbrow, or difficult. But if ever a writer wrote simply, honestly, lovingly and unpretentiously about people, he did. In this play Luov, the young doctor, observes that Ivanov behaves like a scoundrel; therefore he must be a scoundrel ! But Ivanov, in his more subtle way, is as honest as the doctor; he is also intelligent and charming, which the doctor is not. Tchekov writes of these people : ' I have tried not to falsify the truth ...or exaggerate .. they are typical Russians.' And yet, like Shakespeare's clowns, these typical Russians have a universal appeal.
Ivanov will be broadcast by London,
West and Scottish Regionals and Belfast tomorrow night.
including Weather Forecast, and Forecast for Shipping
A Musical Sequence
Produced and Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON with THE WIRELESS MALE VOICE
CHORUS and THE B.B.C. THEATRE
(Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY)
Heights,' by Emily Brontë
Read by Mrs. VALLANCE
SYDNEY KYTE and his BAND
Relayed from The Piccadilly Hotel