Selection from the Preludes of Chopin
Selections of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words
CHOPIN wrote the twenty-four Preludes during his stay in Majorca, where he had gone with Georges Sand to get the sunshine he badly needed. Instead, however, he got a good deal of discomfort. They lived as best they could in a deserted monastery and the gloom of the place seems to have worked on Chopin's imagination. Left alone, he would be obsessed with terrors and phantoms, and Georges Sand would often return finding him sitting at the piano, pale, haggard 'and completely lost to reality. Recovering, he would play the pieces he had been composing, music which was shot with solitude, sadness and terror—so Madame
Sand described the making of the Preludes when later she wrote a history of their sojourn on the. island.
SAINT-SAENS was a wit; not' perhaps a very subtle one, but ho liked his little joke. He wrote a work called The Carnival of Animals, in which he illustrated in terms of music, various zoological specimens. In a few of them, however, representing creatures not to be found in the recognized zoos, he caricatured his colleagues and lampooned musical celebrities. It was all doubtless very amusing to his friends, who alone for many years were privileged to hear the work. Subsequently, however, the suite was published, and is now a familiar broadcast item. This little number, The Swan, was an exception ; it was released from the first. There is no hidden meaning in it; all that lit illustrates is the grace of the swan, and those who remember Pavlova's'interpretation of it on the stage will agree that the swan has never been more perfectly pictured.
by SOPHIE WYSS (Soprano) and JEAN POUGNET (Violin)
EURHYTHMICS, the theory which teaches that a for rhythm should be a physical as well as a mental experience, is closely associated with the name of Jaques-Dalcroze, the Swiss musician who invented and developed the theory as a practical course of instruction. As a composer Jaques-Dalcroze is little known in this country, which is less than his due, for he has written a great deal in every form, from operas to piano pieces. His compositions consist mostly, however, of original songs and arrangements of old French folk-tunes, and these are so numerous that items appear in the publisher's list under every letter of the French alphabet excepting X, Y and Z. Surely a record, even with Schubert in the running !
CROWSTONE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, WEST
Order of Service :
Hymn, Praise to the Holiest (Congregational
Hymnary, No. 65; Ancient and Modern, No. 172) (Tune, Gerontius)
Invocation and Lord's Prayer
Hymn, Eternal Father, strong to save (Congregational Hymnary, No. 534; Ancient and Modern, No. 370) (Tune, Melita)
Anthem. Greater Love hath no Man (John
Prayer of Intercession
Hymn, Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
(Congregational Hymnary, No. 451 ; Ancient and Modern, No. 274) (Tune, Lux Eoi )
Address by the Reverend A. A. LEE
Hymn, For all the Saints (Congregational
Hvmnary, No. 337; Ancient and Modern, No. 437) (Tune, V. Williams)
Benediction and Amen
Choir Master, JOHN FAIRWEATHER
Organist, H. J. HOCKLEY
(Daventry National Programme)
Reverend A. A.
Appeal on behalf, of The NORTH ISLINOTON INFANT WELFARE CENTRE by the Chairman,
Contributions will be gratefully received by [address removed]
WEATHER FORECAST, GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN
HEDDLE NASH (Tenor)