Ⓓ From page 21 of ' When Two or Three '
' My Job ', by a Wireless Factory Hand
Information on Training, etc.,
By VALENTINE BELL
Heifetz (violin), with The London
Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli : Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 31 (Vieuxtemps)
' A l'écoute'
E. M. STÉPHAN
At the Organ of The Trocadero Cinema,
Elephant and Castle
Relayed from The Granada,
' The Normans visit England '
William, Duke of Normandy, visited the court of Edward the Confessor,
King of England, more than ten years before the battle of Hastings. This prelude to the hostile invasion of 1066 was described in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle : ' A.D. 1052. Soon after came ... William from beyond the sea with a large retinue ... And the King entertained him and as many of his companions as were convenient and let him depart again.....'
Today Rhoda Power will deal with this Norman visit by presenting a reconstructive play. Listeners will meet several English people of the period and hear what they have to say about the Duke William and his followers.
' Living Things: Their Forms and Parts'
R. C. GARRY , M.B., CH.B., D.Sc., Professor of Physiology in the University of St. Andrews
by DOROTHY GRINSTEAD
Leader, BERTRAM Lewis
Conductor, RICHARD AUSTIN
Solo violoncello, SALA
Relayed from The Pavilion,
Like Brahms, Dvorak did not venture upon the difficult task of writing a symphony until he felt sure of his powers. His first three symphonies were composed during the years 1874-5. They show a maturity of technique and thought and spontaneity of invention that make it difficult to understand why they are so generally neglected today, when romantic music of the nineteenth century is so high in popular esteem.
Dvorak's Symphony No. 3 in F is a happily conceived work full of melodic charm and rhythmic vigour. It is dedicated to Hans von Bulow who, in a letter of thanks to the composer, said : ' A dedication from you who-next to Brahms-are the most God-inspired composer of the day, is a higher distinction than any kind of decoration bestowed by a prince ; I accept this honour with the heartiest thanks.'
Like Casals, a native of Barcelona, one of the most picturesque of Spain's old cities, Sala is the son of a distinguished pianoforte master. He began, when he was six, to study the pianoforte with his father, but decided very soon afterwards that the 'cello was the instrument for him.
He made rapid progress, and at the age of eleven played before the Queen of Spain at Madrid ; a year later he made a concert tour with his aunt, Dolores Sala, as his accompanist, which established his reputation as a remarkably gifted player ; he crowned his success by winning the first prize of the Conservatoire in Barcelona.
Concerts in Paris and Germany fol owed, no less successful, and while he was still in his teens he was appointed 'cellist to the Court of Madrid. In 1914 he went to America and, after five years as a concert artist, suddenly gave up music altogether, and embarked on the open-air life of a farmer, working side by side with his own men.
But after three years of that hard life, the claims of his abandoned 'cello were too strong to be resisted, and two months' practice set him again in his rightful place as one of the great players of our time. An artist who is thoroughly in earnest, he plays all the best music for his instrument, and has a warm affection for such English works as the Elgar Concerto and the Ireland and Bax Sonatas.
Leader, FRANK THOMAS
including Weather Forecast and Bulletin for Farmers
Played by FRANK MERRICK
Sonata in D minor (Op. 31, No. 2)
I. Largo-Allegro 2. Adagio
J. A. SCOTT WATSON (Professor of Rural Economy, University of Oxford)
J. A. Scott
Directed by HENRY HALL
Relayed from Queen's Hall,
Langham Place, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
Solo violoncello, PAU CASALS
THE BBC SYMPHONY
Leader, ARTHUR CATTERALL
Conductor, ADRIAN BOULT
Weather Forecast, Forecast for Shipping and News
(Solo violoncello, PAU CASALS)
The 'cello has been so shabbily treated on the whole by the great masters, that its few great concertos are held in a warmer affection than their own worth sometimes deserves. Schumann's is not counted as one of his greatest works, but the beautiful slow movement is a very fine example of the long-drawn melody which he had at command when he chose. And the other movements, too, though not always what players call ' grateful ', have many passages of noble eloquence and strength. The whole work is played without a break, each of the movements leading one into another. It was composed in 1850, soon after Schumann and his wife went to Dusseldorf, for him to take over the post of conductor ot the local choir and orchestra.
One of the most beautiful examples of Elgar's art is the ' Enigma ' Variations, which perhaps more than any other of his works has beep the means of spreading his fame abroad. The title ' enigma' refers to another and larger ' theme (presumably a well-known tune), which, if played in conjunction with the present theme and the subsequent variations, fits perfectly.
These variations are dedicated ' To my friends pictured within ', and consequently each variation is prefaced with the initial or nickname of the friend ' pictured '. Referring to this novel idea Elgar said : ' It is true that I sketched for their amusement and mine the idiosyncrasies of fourteen of my friends, not necessarily musicians, but this is a personal matter, and need not have been mentioned publicly ; the Variations should stand simply as a " piece " of music
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THE FOUR YACHT CLUB
TWO FRIENDS IN HARMONY
(LEN FILLIS and WALLY WALLOND) with JEAN MELVILLE at the Piano
Produced by BRYAN MICHIE and ARCHIE CAMPBELL
Directed by SYDNEY LIPTON
Relayed from Grosvenor House,