at the Organ of the Gaumont Palace,
Ducts for Two Pianofortes
A Variety Orchestra of PTT
Conductor, Georges Derveaux
Vocalist, Pierre Bernac from Paris ORCHESTRAPIERRE BERNAC AND ORCHESTRA ORCHESTRA
Leader, Frank Thomas
Conductor. Idris Lewis
David Lloyd (tenor) ORCHESTRADAVID LLOYD AND ORCHESTRA
Gentlemen v. Players
A commentary on the play by P. G. H. Fender from Lord's
P. G. H.
Stuart Robertson (bass-baritone):
The Spanish Lady (Hughes). Limehouse Reach (Gregg). The Fiddler (Murray). The Bay of Biscay (Daveyj
at the BBC Theatre Organ
A Musical Weather Forecast
(with apologies to St. Swithin)
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. conducted by Bruno Walter : Symphony No. 38, in D (The Prague) (Mozart)—1 Adagio-Allegro ; 2 Andante ; 3 Presto. Symphony No. 96, in D (Haydn)— Adagio—Allegro ; 2 Andante ; 3 Minuetto: Allegretto ; 4 Vivace assai
Gramophone records of tunes fer al] tastes
Presented by Ernest Dudley
Leader, Aldo Spiero from the Hotel Victoria, London
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Leslie Heward
The ‘Italian' Symphony
It is a curious fact that Mendelssohn complained that the ' Italian ' Symphony, completed in 1831, cost him some of the bitterest moments in his life, and in consequence it was not published until after his death, in 1847. Yet it is one of his finest works, perfect in workmanship, and full of melodic charm and vital energy.
Liszt's symphonic poem ' Les Preludes' is based on Lamartine's Méditations poetiques : ‘What is life but a series of preludes to that unknown song whose initial solemn note is tolled by Death ? The enchanted dawn of every life is love ; but where is the destiny on whose first delicious joys some storm does not break ?—a storm whose deadly blast disperses youth's illusions, whose fatal bolt consumes its altar. And what soul, thus cruelly bruised when the tempest rolls away, seeks not to rest its memories in the calm of rural life? Yet man allows himself not long to taste quietness that first attracted him to Nature's lap ; but when the trumpet gives the signal he hastens to danger's post, whatever be the fight which draws him to its lists, that in the strife he may once more regain full knowledge of himself and all his strength.'
by John Wills (pianoforte)
Rondo in D (K.485) Sonata in F (K.332)
1 Allegro. 2 Adagio. 3 Allegro assai
A Rhythmical Entertainment featuring
(as himself) and his Band in which a number of very surprising things happen to Mr. Jackson chiefly because of a bet!
Music by John Burnaby
Musical arrangements by W. L. Williamson
Lyrics and Production by Max Kester
Come on and Dance ' zvas broadcast in the National programme on Wednesday
' Churches, Colleges, and Art
Advice by Ian Finlay
[Continued on page 64
Leader, J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor, Guy Warrack
Weber's opera Euryanthe contains some of his finest music, but it is now rarely performed. It was killed, almost from the first, by the weakness of its libretto, which is one of the worst in operatic history. But the overture, one of Weber's best, has always been a favourite in the concert hall. It begins with an impetuous introduction ; the subject matter that follows is taken from arias in the opera, two of the chief being sung by the hero.
Haydn's Symphony No. 85, in B flat, owes its title ‘The Queen of France ' to the fact that Marie Antoinette was said to have been very fond of it. It is the fourth of the Paris
Symphonies. It is scored for quite a small orchestra, strings, and two each of flutes, oboes, bassoons, and horns.
Conductor, P. S. G. O'Donnell
Alec Rowley (pianoforte)
Music by British Composers
Overture, The Frogs (First Military
Bantock, arr. Demuth
Sir Granville Bantock 's comedy overture ' The Frogs' was first performed at a Promenade Concert in 1936. The music is based on no definite programme, but it might serve as an introduction to any of the Greek Comedies. It contains, however, a slight musical reference to The Frogs of Aristophanes in the following passage: ' Brekekekex, coax, coax. Slimy offspring of the marshland, let our harmonious voices mingle with the sounds of the flute. Let us repeat the songs that we sing in honour of the Nysaean Dionysus on the day of the feast of pots, when the drunken throng reels towards our temple in the Linnae (or marshes).' 9.53 ALEC ROWLEY AND BANDA short article on this concerto will be found on page 13
(First Military Band Performance)
Lord Berners's ballet The Triumph of Neptune is founded on a scenario by Sacheverell Sitwell and is described by the composer as an English pantomime in ten tableaux. The first scene is London Bridge where a crowd is watching a magic telescope, through which it is possible to see fairyland. Two travellers, a sailor and a journalist, decide to make a voyage of discovery, and the rest of the ballet is concerned with their adventures. Finally the sailor becomes embittered with human treacheries and decides to spend the rest of his life in fairyland. The story ends with the sailor marrying the daughter of Neptune and being acclaimed Prince of the Fairies.
P. S. G.
with PAULA GREEN
MICK, MAC, AND MIKE from the May Fair Hotel
Lionel Tertis (viola),
George Reeves (pianoforte): Sonata No. 2 (Delius)
John Ireland (pianoforte): April
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