PEGOY GRUMMITT (Pianoforte) ;
PEGGY RADMALL (Violin)
By BERTRAM HOLLINS , Organist and Director of the Choir, Beckenham Congregational Church
Relayed from St. Mary-le-Bow
THE HOTEL METROPOLE ORCHESTRA (Leader, A. MANTOVANI )
From the Hotel Metropole
From the May Fair Hotel
(Which you may take as either exclamatory or descriptive, just as you please.)
' Tho Pied Piper' will, of course, bo included, and, among other items, there will be Piano Solos by MAURICE COLE.
From the Prince of Wales Play-house, Lewisham
Piano WORKS BY DEBUSSY
Played by LAFFITTE
Cloches a travers les feuilles Bolls through (from the leaves) .....'Images')
Poissohs d'or (Goldfish) fTVHESE two impressions are from the second series of Images (1908)
Debussy was fond of reproducing on the pianoforte the sound of bells. We have already this week heard two pieces in which such suggestions occur-the Cathedral under the Waves and Pagodas. Here is another of his many subtle conceptions which make an instant appeal to the imagination.
In the other piece we may conjure up a picture of a great stone fountain-pond in a green park, the sun shining on the gently-lapping water, and the graceful goldfish curving their cool way about the basin, and now and again, with a flirt of the tail, darting off in their inconsequent way.
A Programme of Music and Entertainment
S.B. from Manchester
'On With the Show of 1928' THE CONCERT PARTY ENTERTAINMENT
Produced by ERNEST LONGSTAFFE
Relayed from the North Pier
NORMAN LONG (Entertainer)
FRED WALMSLEY (Comedian)
WALTER WILLIAMS (Light Comedian)
TREVOR WATKINS (Tenor)
ETHEL STEWART (Musical Comedy Star)
BETTY BLACKBURN (Soprano)
JAN RALFINI 'S BAND
THE EIGHT FIREFLIES and THE TWELVE
LITTLE PANSIES (Singers and Dancers)
Relayed from the Palace Picture Theatre
ARNOLD TROWELL (Violoncello)
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Leader, S. KNEALE KELLEY )
Conducted by E. GODFREY BROWN
SIR CHARLES STANFORD himself wrote a descriptive note for the first performance of this work, which took place in 1913. 'P has as sub-title The fisherman of Lough Neagh , and what he saw, and bears this verse from The Minstrel Boy
'Land of Song!' said the warrior bard,
Tho' all the world betray thoe, One sword at least thy rights shall guard.
One faithful harp shall praise thee! '
At the end of the work is the line of Tennyson, ' Dark and true and tender is the North.'
After a short, very quiet introduction, the first main tune appears. It is a minor-key Irish fisherman's song that goes to words beginning ' I will raise my sail black, mistfully in the morning.' After this mood has been dwelt upon for a little, the dignified second tune enters softly on the Trumpets, suggesting, so the composer said. the fisherman's vision of the triumph of heroism. This old melody comes from Ulster, and was known in later days as The Death of General Wolfe-fresh words probably being set to it when Wolfe died.
The third tune is that of an old Ulster march.
RUBIN GOLDMARK (bom in America in 1872) is a nephew of that Goldmark (Carl) whose Overture to The Queen of Sheba, and other music, is fairly frequently broadcast. He was a pupil of Dvorak when that composer was living in America.
In the Rhapsody several Negro tunes are used. In the order of their appearance these are : (1) Nobody knows de trouble I've seen; (2) 0 Peter, go ring a dem bells (basses,below held woodwind chords); (3) 0 religion is a fortune (after the rapid main body of the Rhapsody has got going); (4) Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (Cor Auglais-Alto Oboe. at a slower speed); (5) A few bars of 0, when I come to die (Violoncello) ; (6) an unnamed theme from Tennessee (in the lively part of the piece).