A Broadcast from 24, Cheyne Row,
Chelsea, by FILSON YOUNG
Commemorating the taking possession of this house by Thomas Carlyle and his Wife on June 10, 1834; and an Incident in the life they lived there, until her death in 1866 and his in 1881. Comprising a tour of the House, and A Performance of the Play
'THE FIRELIGHTERS' by LAURENCE HOUSMAN
Produced by CYRIL WOOD
A HUNDRED YEARS AGO today the most remarkable couple in the literary history of the nineteenth century-even more remarkable than the Browningsmoved into Cheyne Row.
They had come from Craigenputtoch, I from a life of loneliness and hardship, ! from a financial struggle that might have wrecked the happiest of marriages, j to be lionised in London. Both suffered ill-health ; Carlyle was irritable, Mrs. Carlyle could call a spade a spade. But what is apt to be overlooked is that each was generous to a degree. How much easier life might have been for them if she had not made over her own money to her mother and he had noi made a doctor of his brother out of a pitilessly precarious income. if Jane Baillie Welsh , wit and beauty, who had twice refused to marry him, has more general sympathy, their published letters show their real love for each other. Her ' budget ' letter, asking for more housekeeping money, is one of the wittiest things a woman hns ever written.
An article on Carlyle's house, by Filson Young , who has arranged this programme, will be found on page 744.
John Stuart Mill:
THE NAMES of many famous violinists appear in this programme. Tartini is the earliest of them. He was born in Italy in 1692 and died there in 1770. He founded a School of Violin Playing in Padua and originated many improvements in the construction and technique of the violin bow. His most famous composition is ' The Devil's Trill.' Louis Spohr was violinist, composer, teacher and conductor, and his music ranked very high in the estimation of Victorian audiences ; he lived from 1784 to 1859, and as a conductor appeared on several occasions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Efrem Zimbalist, a pupil of Auer, was born in Russia in 1889, lives now in America, and was, before the War, often heard in London. Louis Godowsky and Willy Press are well-known European violinists; and to conclude, Fritz Kreisler, acclaimed in every country on earth, is almost universally accepted as the finest violinist of his generation.
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