Op''" tt"J Climb for Motor Cycles
(Under me auspices of the Birmingham Motor
A Running Commentary by Major
Relayed from Red Marley Hill , Great
Whitley , Worcs.
The famous Red Marley Hill is 550 yards long with gradients as follows :
First 150 yards, i in 10 Second 100 yards, i in 5 and i in I Finishing the last 150 yards, i in 3 The Record Climb is held by Mr. L. Heath in 26 4/5 seconds
VERA SIDDONS (soprano),
GLADYS PALMER (contralto)
BARRINGTON HOOPER (baritone)
GEORGE PIZZEY (bass) and at 6.50
'Highways and Byways '
Popular Songs arranged for four- voices and quintet, by Herman Lohr and Leslie Bridgewater
(First Performance, April 5, 1874)
The artists taking part include :
VIENNA STATE OPERA CHORUS
Conducted by OSWALD KABASTA
Relayed from the studio of the Austrian
THIS PERFORMANCE of Die Fledermaus from Vienna is within a day or two of the sixtieth anniversary of the first performance of the operetta in that city. It was produced on April 5, 1874, at the famous Theater an der Wien, where Strauss was to score triumph after triumph for the next twenty years. Already as popular a musician as any that Vienna had yet produced, by reason of his waltzes and dance music, Strauss became in the end practically a national figure, and Viennese music is associated more with his name than with even Mozart's or Beethoven's.
It is not too high praise to say that
Die Fledermaus is the perfect operetta. It is certainly the most famous and the most popular. Even Strauss himself never wrote anything finer ; it sparkles with the gayest music imaginable, and the plot is, of its kind, first rate. It has been performed many thousands of times in Vienna alone, and its total performances all over the world must constitute a record. The plot is a complicated one of masks, disguises, flirtations and the usual amusing intrigues belonging to farce. The second act is a ball given by Prince Orlofsky. Everybody in the cast is there, mostly disguised with masks, and the assumption is that the disguise is effective and the ensuing complica- tions natural. The music, however, is so extraordinarily effervescent that for the purpose of this broadcast the plot matters scarcely at all.
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