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: National Programme

(with the exception of the Running Commentaries, which will not be broadcast in this programme)

: 'The First News'

Weather Forecast, First General News bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers

: 'Debatable Ground'

An argument in words and music on the Kingdoms of England and Scotland Conducted at His Majesty's good town,
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Judge, His Worship the Mayor of Berwick (Councillor J. A. HERRIOT, J.P.)
Counsel for England,
ALAN THOMPSON
Counsel for Scotland, ANDREW P. WILSON

Contributors

Unknown: Alan Thompson
Unknown: Andrew P. Wilson

: THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA

(Section C)
(Led by LAURENCE TURNER )
Conducted by EDWARD CLARK
SHERIDAN RUSSELL (violoncello)
The music of Spohr, which, not so long ago, was very popular in England, is now scarcely heard at all, unless it be occasional performances of his very well-known oratorio, The Last Judgment. Not even his violin concertos are at all popular amongst virtuosi today, although, technically, they are as well written for the violin as is any concerto in existence.
Spohr had a very personal idiom, which runs through all his music and never leaves it. In this Symphony, for example, his aim was to imitate the great masters and to write such music as might pass as having been written by them, or in their period. The first movement is stylised to represent somebody writing in the Bach-Handel period ; the second in the Haydn-
Mozart period ; and the third in the Beethoven period.
Spohr did his best; he reproduced the form, the nature, even the construction of these masters, but the vita spirit of each of them eluded him, and never for a moment does he deceive one into supposing that any part of this symphony is written by another hand than Spohr's. In the Finale, which brought him back to his present time, that is 1840, Spohr is representing himself, and that he does admirably.
Spohr wrote other symphonies, in all
,,f which he was experimenting in form ; most of them have names, such as ' The Power of Sound ', ' The Seasons', and this ' Historical '. He thus showed himself steeped in romanticism to such an extent that in whatever form he writes, or however abstract he tries to be, he never gets away from his romantic obsession.
The Historical Symphony h.is probably not been played in London for some years ; its first performance was in London in 1840 by the Royal Philharmonic Society, to whom the work was dedicated. Spohr conducted.

Contributors

Unknown: Laurence Turner
Conducted By: Edward Clark
Conducted By: Sheridan Russell

: ' The Second News'

Weather Forecast
Second General News Bulletin

: DANCE MUSIC

HENRY HALL'S GUEST NIGHT with the B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
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