Programme Index

Discover 10,055,171 listings and 230,895 playable programmes from the BBC

The Wireless Orchestra, conducted by John Ansell; Olive Kavann (Contralto) ;
Spencer Thomas (Tenor)
The poet Lamartine, in his Les Preludes, puts the question 'Is life anything but a series of Preludes to the song that Death begins?' He pictures the bliss of Love and tho tempests of Life that wreck human happiness. The unhappy one takes refuge in quiet retirement, away from his fellow-men, but when the trumpet calls him to action ho flings himself into the fight, finding in battle the full realization of his powers.
Lamartine's poetic ideas appealed to Liszt, and in the Symphonic Poem which we are now going to hear he very graphically depicts the scenes described.

For Daudot's play of Provencal life, The Maid of Aries, Bizet contributed a large amount of very attractive music. This was later put together for concert purposes in the form of two Suites, of which we are to hear the first. There are four Movements
(1) Prelude. A stirring, rhythmic, march-like piece, based on an old Provencal folk-tune.
(2) Minuet. A pleasant dance tune.
(3) Love Song. A very short piece for Strings alone. In the play it accompanies the passage where two old lovers meet, after half a century of absence from one another.
(4) Carillons. A simple little three-note bell-tune pervades the piece. There is a short contrasting middle section; otherwise, the three-note tune is heard throughout.


The Wireless Orchestra
John Ansell
Olive Kavann
Spencer Thomas

BESIDES being the daughter of her mother,
Miss Stella Patrick Campbell is herself an actress of considerable experience and note, having played in such productions as Tiger! Tiger .', Cyrano de Bergerac , Arms and the Man, and Peter Pan. She has broadcast several times before. /


Miss Stella Patrick Campbell
Cyrano de Bergerac
Peter Pan.

MANY men who emigrate owing to unemployment at home leave their wives and families behind, hoping to be able to send for them later. Often, unfortunately, they find this impossible ; and it is to save them from the necessity of throwing up their jobs and returning to swell the ranks of the unemployed here that tho British Dominions Emigration Society helps them with the cost of getting their families out. Since its foundation forty-five years ago, the Society has helped more than 32,000 people to emigrate, and it has been the means of settling more families overseas than any other organization.
Contributions should be sent to [address removed]

Relayed from Bishopsgate Institute
DOMENICO SCARLATTI 'S bright and vigorous short pieces were written before the times of the modern four-movement Sonata. In his day ' Sonata' was a tenn applied to an instrumental piece, as distinct from a ' Cantata,' or vocal piece. Scarlatti, born in the same year as Handel, met his contemporary at Venice, and became his close friend and admirer. The two competed at Rome in keyboard performance. As Harpsichordists they tied, but on the Organ Handel was declared the finer player.
FROM childhood upwards
Chopin loved the tunes that he heard sung and played around his Polish home, and perhaps even more he loved the folk-dances. More than a quarter of his compositions bear titles which indicate their origin in dance rhythms and dance forms.
The Mazurka is one type of piece in which Chopin most clearly shows his affection for the native dances of his country. As he treats tho dance, it shows us the folk-spirit sublimated, idealised. The peasant has como to town. He retains all the vigorous directness of his origin, but combines with it a high degree of refinement, and sometimes a tinge of unexpected emotion.
The Waltz, though it bears so late an Opus number, was actually an early piece, written when Chopin was nineteen, and not published until after his death.


Domenico Scarlatti

2LO London

Appears in

About this data

This data is drawn from the Radio Times magazine between 1923 and 2009. It shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was subject to change and may not be accurate. More