2.5 Stories from World History
' Charlemagne '
A Dramatic Interlude written by NAOMI MITCHISON
R. C. GARRY , Ch.B., D.Sc.,
Professor of Physiology, University College, Dundee, in the University of St. Andrews
3.0 THE BBC SCOTTISH ORCHESTRA
Leader, J. MOULAND BEGBIE Comments by and under the direction of HERBERT WISEMAN
Burns in Elysium
A Broadcast from the Other World
Composed and Arranged by William Jeffrey
Listeners are asked to imagine a sky covered with silver foil, unlit by anything save its own radiance ; a bright green landscape, pleasantly broken by little knolls and glens. Robert Burns arrives at Plato's office in the Castle and they begin to talk. Burns explains that he has just heard from
Socrates that Plato wants to engage a few poets. He is informed that he is rather late, as Virgil, Dante, Goethe, Wordsworth, and even Tennyson have been applying for the job. Burns gives an account of what he can do and says that, in his opinion, the essence of song resides in its virile abandonment to the desire of the moment. Naturally, Plato splits a few hairs over this definition, and so the talk goes on.
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