by the Baird Process
(356.3 m. Vision; 261.3 m. Sound)
MURIEL MICHELL (Contralto)
LUCAS BASSETT (Tenor)
HARRY IDLE (Violin)
Directed by JOHN BRIDGE
Directed by FRANK CANTELL
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ERNEST HARGREAVES (Tenor)
(Johann Strauss )
Act I. Eisenstein 's House
Performed by THE COVENT GARDEN OPERA COMPANY
Relayed from The THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Cast in order of appearance :
Conductor, JOHN BARBIROLLI
FULL of sparkling gaiety, instinct with the spirit of heedless youth, Die Fledermaus
(The Bat) is such music as one looks for from tho hand which gave us The Blue Danube. The story is the usual comic opera plot of dancing and flirtations, masks and disguises, in which the Bat himself, Dr. Falke, is the leading spirit. He has an old score to payoff against his friend the Baron Eisenstein, and takes advantage of Eisenstein's having to go to prison for a week. But Falke persuades him to put that off until he has been to a ball being given by the Prince Orlofsky. Adela, too, the baroness's chamber-maid, has an invitation to the ball, for which she begs leave of absence on tho tearful plea that her dear aunt is very ill. Falke carries Eisenstein off — ostensibly to see him safely locked up-and in her husband's absence, Rosalinde, the Baroness, has a visit of condolence from Alfred, an old admirer with ' an irresistible tenor,' and while he is with her, the prison governor arrives to carry off Eisenstein, Alfred, to avoid compromising the Baroness, allows tho governor to assume that he is Eisenstein, and goes off to prison in the Baron's stead.
RAE ROBFRTSON (Two Pianofortes)
A Melodrama by EZRA POUND
Words by FRANÇOIS VILLON
Music by EZRA POUND
Presented and Produced by E. A. HARDING
The Warrant— A Sergeant; The Captain of the Watch.
The Victim's World — François Villon ; A Barman
An Accomplice ; Ythier Marchand ; Rose ; La Belle Haulmiere ; A Gallant ; Ganthière; Villon's Mother; A Priest.
The Gibbet-A Woman ; Six Gibbeted Corpses;
A Tribute to the Memory of Francois Villon
(An article on François Villon appears on p. 262)
THE year of birth of Francois Villon is generally taken to bo 1431, and it is in honour of the fifth centenary of that year that this melodrama ' is being given. The piny is an interesting experiment in a kind of impres
. sionism that is only possible over the microphone or, perhaps, in a sound film. The music is by Ezra Pound , the distinguished American poet ; the libretto is .taken from Villon's own poetry, interspersed with brief snatches of dialogue in ' hobo ' language. These elements form a harmonious and interesting whole, depicting the life and character of the picturesque poet-drunkard-thief in the most vivid way. That tho poetry is in French, and in old French at that, need not matter ; the musical setting is of such a kind as to give the right impression of the pootry, even without an understanding of the words.
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