From page 81 of 'When Two or Three'
THE MARCHIONESS OF READING
Sonata in A minor
Felix Salmond (violoncello) and Simon Rumschisky (pianoforte) : Sonata in A minor (Grieg). 1. Allegro agitato; 2. Andante molto tranquillo; 3. Adagio, Allegro; 4. Allegro molto marcato
French Dialogue-6 ' L'Arbre de Noël'
M. THIÉRY and CAMILLE VIÈRE
At The Organ of The Trocadero
Cinema, Elephant and Castle
The Granada, Walthamstow
The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stokowski : Fete-Dieu a Seville (Albeniz, arr. Stokozvski)
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : In the Steppes of Central Asia (Borodin) ; Persian Dances (Khovantchina) (Mussorgsky, arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
The Phiiadelphia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stokowski : Japanese Nocturne (Eichheim)
British History - 12
'Queen Anne's Dead'
This term you have been hearing a great deal about the Stuarts, and today Hazel Winter is to tell you about the last of them all to occupy the British throne. Anne ruled from 1702-1714. Marlborough achieved his great victories, eminent men of letters flourished, beautiful furniture was made. The Union between England and Scotland was accomplished, and Anne was the first monarch to be styled Empress of Great Britain. But all her children died young, and at her death no one knew who was to ascend the throne.
, by LAURENCE HOUSMAN
by KATHLEEN FENTON
Conductor, RICHARD AUSTIN
LEILY HOWELL (violoncello)
The Pavilion, Bournemouth
Mendelssohn's overture, otherwise known as Fingal's Cave, was inspired by a visit paid by the composer to Scotland in 1829. This very beautiful work has well been described as a seascape, and it certainly suggests the surge of the sea in all its power and ruggedness. As a piece of musical construction it is perfect in form. and the orchestration shows the hand of a delicate and masterful colourist. ' Death and Transfiguration ' is the second of Strauss's symphonic poems ; it is based on an idea of a poem communicated to the composer by his friend Alexander Ritter. The poem itself was actually written !ater than the music.
Strauss's work falls into four sections, but there is no break in the performance. In the first three sections the soul is struggling with death, while the fourth treats of the soul's transfiguration.
The listener will notice the opening bars which announce the death theme in the halting pianissimo figure on the strings. As the music proceeds, the reminiscent thoughts of the sick man are revealed to us ; the music becomes more agitated, he is struggling with death, but he is putting up a losing fight ; again the reminiscences of his childhood flood his memory. Presently the Transfiguration motif breaks in upon the music of the conflict, and soon the soul is conquered, death has won. The fourth section, ' Transfiguration ', is of noble serenity, and makes a moving finish to a work which in description may sound morbid, but in the heiring is of great beauty and nobility.
Directed by JOHN MACARTHUR
Directed by HENRY HALL
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A. J. CRONIN
The Foundations of English Music
Under the direction of Sir RICHARD RUNCIMAN TERRY
Played by THE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET :
Andre Mangeot (violin)
Walter Price (violin)
Eric Bray (viola)
Jack Shinebourne (violoncello Amongst the most beautiful of all the music written for strings, the Fantazias of Purcell stand out almost alone. It would be wrong to say that they have only recently been discovered, but it is very certain that their extreme beauty has only recently been appreciated. Much of this is due to the late Philip Heseltine , who, with the assistance of Andre Mangeot , re-edited them and introduced them to the publishers The fact that in the Fantazia upon one note, to be played on Friday, Purcell makes use of the ingenious device of reiterating one note throughout the work does not detract in the least, as it might do in the hands of a man of lesser genius, from its almost extravagant loveliness.
Sir Richard Runciman
for a Gala Night of Spanish Song and Dance, with The new ORQUESTA HISPANICA introduced by The Maitre d'Hotel
The Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.
Listeners to the Symphony Concert may note that the Haydn Symphony plays for twenty-seven minutes, that the Brahms Concerto begins at 9.0 and plays for forty minutes, and that the ' Eroica ' Symphony plays for fifty minutes. These times must, however, be taken as approximate within a minute or two.
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by Robert Browning
Read by EITHNE MCNEIGHT
(Today is the anniversary of Browning's death in 1889)
JACK HYLTON with his BAND