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(By permission of the Author, Thomas Hardy, O.M.)
Part I, Act V., Scenes 2 and 4
The Battle of Trafalgar, and The Death of Nelson

The Chief Characters introduced are:
Lord Nelson
Secretary Scott
Captain Hardy
and Doctor Beatty
Scene 1. The Quarter Deck of the Victory
Scene 2. The Cockpit of the Victory

Not the least remarkable fact about the great reputation of Thomas Hardy - who may fairly be called the doyen of English literature - is that after making himself famous as the author of some of the greatest novels in the language ("Tess of the d'Urbervilles" in particular has become a classic in the generation that has elapsed since it was published), he turned to the writing of epic drama and lyric verse, and built up a second reputation that need not suffer from comparison with the first. The three parts of "The Dynasts" one of the few works on the epic scale conceived and carried out in our time, were published between 1903 and 1908, and since then Mr. Hardy has confined himself to writing lyrics and a play.


Thomas Hardy
James Bernard

C.B., ' The Prevention of Imported Disease '
DURING the war, when troops from all over the world were passing through England and spending their leave in London and Paris, the problem of preventing imported disease became the subject of particular study in this country. It will be remembered that many people believe that the mosquito plague was imported by soldiers from tropical Africa. Colonel Stock was Director of Medical Services with the South African Contingent to Europe, and also in the campaign in South-West Africa.

Interpreted by SOLOMON
Sonata in C Minor, Op. 4
Part 1. (a) Allegro Maestoso (quick and majestic) (b) Minuet and Trio
CHOPIN had not only an extraordinary instinet for the writing of Piano music which fits the player's hands like a pair of gloves. He bad also what matters far more for most of us--a truly unique and forceful personality. His music carries one away by its sheer splendour and power, or, on the other hand, by its tender beauty (which, however, at its worst, becomes morbidity).
Naturally, such a personality would find expression most frequently in free cteifms, forms of its own invention. Chopin, in fact, wrote little music in the set ' sonata ' forms, and not all of that is very successful.
He wrote three actual Sonatas for his own instrument, the Piano. The First of these, Opus 4, was written in 1828, when he was only eighteen, but it was not published until two years after his death. It is dedicated to Joseph Eisner , a composer of Warsaw who was one of Chopin's few teachers. This Sonata is obviously an early work, but gives us an interesting view of the young Chopin following conventional lines, with an occasional glimpse of his own personality pushing its way through.
The FIRST MOVEMENT is an elaborate, complex piece in the usual form, that is to say, consisting of three sections ; in the first the material of the Movement is set forth, in the second it is developed, in the third recapitulated.
The SECOND MOVEMENT consists of a Minuet and Trio, of which the Minuet is repeated after the Trio has been played, This is one of the few instances in Chopin's music in which there is a suggestion of Beethoven. In the Trio there is more than a hint of the fascination of Chopin'a own Waltzes


Allegro Maestoso
Joseph Eisner

2LO London

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