(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
CYRIL SMITH (Pianoforte)
Ernesto Halffter is one of the fairly numerous band of young Spanish composers whose art, while it leans heavily on the rhythms and contours of its native folk-song, has, nevertheless, cleverly combined these simple elements with certain subtle methods associated with modern French music. His orchestration, though very restrained, is full of piquant touches of colour.
Joaquin Turina 's name used often to be coupled with Falla's, and the two composers have several points of contact. Both arc Andalusians, both are distinguished representatives of all that is best and most vividly alive in the Spanish music of today. Both lived for years in Paris, not only studying there, but making, each in his own way, a strongly-marked impression on the Parisian world, and both returned to their native country in 1914, where they have since done a great deal to influence Spanish music, imparting to it something of the wider scope and outlook which they gained in France.
Like his older compatriot, Albeniz, Granados was a native of Catalonia, a part of the country where national sentiment is a very sturdy growth, and throughout his short and busy life he devoted much of his zeal and knowledge to the preservation of traditional tunes. His works present a series of vivid scenes of Spain and Spanish life, as genuine and sincere as they are strong and brightly coloured. He was drowned when the Sussex was torpedoed in the English Channel in March, 1916.
The composer insists that this work is neither a concerto nor programme music; the title alone should convey what he intended. His idea was to evoke the memory of places, sensations iand sentiment, and the music is not descriptive, but merely expressive. The sounds of festival and dance ruri through these Nights, but melancholy and mystery have their part in the scheme also.
In the Concert Hall, Broadcasting House
Improvisations by J. 1. TAYLOR
With Commentary by FILSON YOUNG
Listeners will have read the article by Filson Young in last week's issue of THE RADIO Times, introducing this broadcast and calling attention to its unusual interest. Mr. Taylor will come to the B.B.C. organ, not merely as an organ recitalist, but as one who has been associated with its design and construction from the beginning. He is an experienced organ builder as well as an organist of great ability, and he hns, in addition, the rare gift of true and creative improvisation. This evening's improvisation will therefore be favourably cast in a form suitable to demonstrate the capacities of the B.B.C. organ, while Mr. Filson Young will be at hand to comment from time to time on the stops and combinations used.
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