Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues played through consecutively at this hour daily throughout the month
CHOIR OF FEATHERSTONE
ROAD Boys' SCHOOL, SOUTHALL, MIDDLESEX
Conductors: Capt. G. S. WEST
(Headmaster) and Mr. HARRY L. WILLIS
Relayed from King's Hall,
Southall, Middlesex (Soloist, FRANK POULTON> )
A Legend of the Marseillaise ' by FREEMAN WILLS and FREDERICK LANGBRIDGE
Authors of ' The Only Way '
IT was in May, 1900, at the Prince of Wales' Theatre, that Sir John Martin Harvey (as he is now) first played the title-role in Rouget de L'Isle. This play is written around the figure of the author and composer of the most famous song of modern times - the 'Marseillaise', the marching song and war chant of the French Revolution, which is now the national song of France. Rouget de L'Isle (1760-1836) was actually stationed at Strasburg when, in 1792, he wrote and composed the song, which he called the 'Chant de l'ArmÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â©e du Rhin'; but it was first heard in Paris when the troops of Marseilles came marching in, full of revolutionary fervour, from the South, and it was at once named after them. Whilst his masterpiece became, on the one hand, the official song of the Republic and, on the other, the battle-cry of revolutionaries all over Europe, its author lived quietly in Paris on a pension from Louis-Philippe. His achievement is, however, enough to make him a romantic figure, worthy of forming the basis of one of those heroic parts in which, as everyone knows, Sir John Martin Harvey chiefly excels.
Interpreted by Mark Raphael
An die Nachtigall (To the Nightingale) Sonntag (Sunday)
Die Schnur (The Necklace) Botschaft (The Message)
At the Piano George Reeves
Brahms ranks as one of the finest of song writers. His melodies have a fine 'line' and his rhythms and harmonies are now sombrely, now exhilaratingly, expressive. His emotion is often deep and always true.
The first of to-night's songs is that of one in whom the mournful song of the nightingale arouses sad memories. ' Pour not out so the strains of love,' he pleads.
Sonntag. Sunday is the happy day on which the lover first saw the maiden whom he feels is the one for him, for she has a thousand charms. All the week he will cherish the smile she gave him; but that, sweet as it is, will not content him. ' Would to heaven I were with her to-day!' is his fervent exclamation.
Die Schnur is about the string of pearls that shines so fair upon the lovely wearer's neck.
In Botschaft the lover begs the breeze, as it gently fans his beloved, to listen, and, if she should be wondering if he still lives in sorrow, to whisper to her that he was indeed in the depths of gloom, until new hope came to him, at the moment his loved one thought of him.
Conducting some of his Music
OLIVE GROVES (Soprano) DENNIS NOBLE (Baritone)
Selection, ' Betty in May* fair'
Love Will Find a Way
(The Maid of the Mountains)
To My Lady (Our Nell) Home (Head over Heels)
OLIVE GROVES and DENNIS
1 Love You (Betty in Mayfair)
Ballet, ' The Venetian
Dreamland Lover (Betty in Mayfair)
Love's Cigarette (A Southern Maid)
Live for To-day (The Maid of the Mountains)
OLIVE GROVES and DENNIS
Just to hold You in my
Arms (The Street Singer)
Selection, ' The Maid of the Mountains'