From page 57 of ' When Two or Three '
Led by Harold Jones
Conducted by ALFRED BARKER
ETHEL JOWSEY (violin)
Harold Samuel (pianoforte) : Partita in C minor (Bach)- Sinfonie ; Aliemande ; Courante ; Sarabande , Rondeau ; Caprice
Elena Gerhardt (mezzo-soprano):
Feldeinsamkeit (Brahms); Schlummerlied, Op. 24, No. 2 (Schubert); Auf dem
Wasser zu singen, Op. 72 (Schubert)
Niedzielski (pianoforte): Scherzo
No. 1, in B minor, Op. 20 (Chopin)
Mazurka in D, Op. 33, No. 2 (Chopin);
Mazurka in F minor, Op. 68, No. 4 (Chopin)
Directed by HARRY DAVIDSON
Relayed from the Commodore Theatre,
Hammersmith The Commodore Grand Orchestra consists of eighteen players. Harry Davidson began his musical career as a pianist, and later became one of the first cinema organists in England. After nearly five successful years as musical director of the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, he went to the Majestic Cinema, Leeds ; and in 1929 he travelled farther south to London to play the organ at the opening of the theatre to which he is now attached as musical director.
A Running Commentary on the Inter-Service Rugby Union Football Match by Captain H. B. T. WAKELAM
Relayed from Twickenham
Captain H. B. T.
Leader, J. Mouland Begbie Conductor, GUY WARRACK ' Forest Murmurs ' is one of Wagner's most magical pieces of descriptive writing. Siegfried is lying under a tree listening dreamily to the music of the forest: the rustling of leaves, the ripple of the stream, and the songs of the birds. The theme representing ' The Murmur of the Forest' is the ' Primeval Element' motive from the prelude to Rheingold. Siegfried cuts himself a reed-pipe and tries to imitate the bird songs. He thinks about his mother, who died in giving him birth, and he becomes sad. We hear the expressive motive ' The Sorrow of the Volsungs '. Siegfried's thoughts now turn to love and the beautiful new theme of thd hero's ' Longing for Love' is introducee.
A short-wave relay of what morning listeners in America are hearing this afternoon
including Weather Forecast and Bulletin for Farmers
' Heavy Going : a Talk on Cross-Country
Captain F. A. M. WEBSTER
A talk on cross-country running is particularly apt just now because the national cross-country championship is to be run for at Alderley Edge, Cheshire, on March 14, and the international championship at Blackpool on March 28. There are few greater authorities on cross-country running and field sports generally than F. A. M. Webster.
He is a well-known journalist and a prolific writer, and is one of our most distinguished coaches, as Bedford School will tell you. He runs the A.A.A. summer school at Loughborough, and has done as much as anyone to raise the standard of all field events.
Captain F. A. M.
by BRUCE FLEGG (tenor)
A Week-end Programme including
' In Town Tonight'
Edited by A. W. HANSON
What the other Listener Thinks
THE BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA
Leader, Bernard Reillie
The programme compiled and conducted by KNEALE KELLEY
ELENA DANIELI (soprano)
Few topics of correspondence have proved so popular, or lasted so long, on the page entitled ' What the Other Listener Thinks ' as the burning question as to which six melodies have a claim to be called ' Great '. It makes no difference that the question can never be answered ; every listener who writes in has his own conviction. The correspondence has been running since October 5 last year.
This evening's broadcast giving a selection from the melodies selected by listeners as ' Great ' should have a wide appeal. Every melody has been chosen from a letter that has appeared in THE Radio Times. Kncalc Kelley will broadcast as many as he can, but he makes no attempt to solve the problem.
including Weather Forecast and Forecast for Shipping
Led by MARIE WILSON
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
MURIEL BRUNSKILL (contralto)
Beethoven wrote much less for the stage than he had a desire to do. His one opera, Fidelio, that has come down to us, does not exhaust his aspirations in that form ; he was always anxious to compose others and would have done so could he have found libretti to satisfy both his moral and literary" preferences.
But he did write stage and dramatic incidental music whenever he had the chance, mostly to order. This ballet of Prometheus is an example. an early one. When he came first to Vienna, a ballet master by the name of Vigano, and his wife, Maria Medina , were the favourites of the Viennese public, and being called upon to produce a new ballet in honour of the Empress, offered a commission to write the music to the promising young composer.
The scenario supplied to Beethoven was an innocuous version of the classic myth, for Prometheus is here represented not as stealing fire from the heavens, but as bringing his statues to life with the aid of dancing, drama, and music. The drama of the Norwegian poet
Bjornson, Sigurd Jorsalfar (Sigurd the Crusader), is a tale of Norway in the time of the Crusades. Sigurd and his brother Eystein, sons of the great Harold, are fierce rivals, each reigning over part of Norway. At the end of the play they become reconciled and dedicate themselves jointly to the service of their country.
Grieg wrote incidental music for the production of the play, afterwards recasting several of the movements in the form of a very effective Suite, second in popularity only to the two Suites from his music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
The Homage March is a fine, pompous piece of music, and the middle section, in particular, is as haunting as anything the Norwegian master ever wrote.