Under the direction of JOSEPH MUSCANT
Relayed from THE COMMODORE THEATRE,
THE Grand Orchestra of the Commodore
Cinema has now sent out lunch-time melodies from Hammersmith for nearly two years : it first broadcast in January, 1930. It is a most popular item in the midday programmes, and forms a regular prelude to the Saturday half-holiday. The Commodore Orchestra is to broadcast for the first time in an evening programme on Tuesday week. November 24, London Regional. Those interested should make a point of hearing this.
At THE ORGAN of THE REGAL. MARBLE ARCH
Mr. A. Simmonds (Arranged after consultation with the Royal Horticultural Society)
The Hon. Mrs. ST. AUBYN: 'Progress in Child Management'
THE Hon. Mrs. St. Aubyn founded the Association of Nursery-Training Colleges and is a member of the National Council of Maternity and Child Welfare. She is the authoress of ' Nursery Life' (1927) and 'Parents' Problems,' a guidebook for modern parents which was published last month. She has given many broadcast talks since her first appearance before the microphone in February, 1929. These include six of the ' Parents and Children' series of autumn, 1929, and the fourth talk in the ' Trials of a Family ' series of autumn, 1930. As she is not appearing in the corresponding ' Child's World ' series this autumn, parents should make a point of hearing this evening's talk from one so experienced in looking after children. Mrs. St. Aubyn also gave the introductory talk for the ' Health and Home ' series last spring, and some tips on Meals for Journeys in the summer. She is a sister of Mr. Harold Nicolson , well known for his 'People and Things ' and ' Modern Spirit in Literature ' talks.
Devised and Illustrated by TOM CLARE
i. John Parry and Henry Russell
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
Vienna, the birthplace of a big share of the world's noblest music, and of one of the great masters - Schubert - gave us, too, what wise people cherish just as dearly in its own way, the waltz. Where the dance itself was born, or when, no one knows; but as the nineteenth century treasured it, its music was a gift from Lanner and his colleague and rival, the elder Johann Strauss. Lanner, born just outside Vienna, in 1801, was the real founder of the great dynasty of Viennese dance composers, and if the Strauss family long ago overshadowed him, he and his music once enjoyed a European popularity. The elder Johann Strauss , born in Vienna in 1804, ran away from his first job as a book-binder, so that he might learn the violin. Ho was found and taken home, but his parents relented and allowed him to adopt his chosen career. He rose from one success to another, conducting in turn dance band?, famous military bands, and touring Europe, Germany, Holland, and Belgium, with an orchestra of his own. Everywhere ho was feted and made much of, and was a popular figure in this country as well as in his own. He left over 250 pieces, of which the larger number arc waltzes, and many of them were played latterly all over the world. His eldest son, Johann the younger, was destined for a bank, but lie too found the claims of music too strong to be resisted, and followed very closely in his father's footsteps. His career was indeed very like that of the elder Johann, and his waltzes and many of his tuneful comic operas are apparently destined to remain always among the most popular music of their kind in existence. The Blue Danube, to name only one famous example, is clearly immortal.
His younger brothers, Joseph and Eduard, although also intended for other careers, both became musicians, conductors, and composers, each of them adding a notable share to the lustre which surrounds the great name.
Oscar, spelling his name with only one S, had an important place of his own in the world of serious music-grand opera and concert-before he turned his gifts of melody and his thorough craftsmanship to the operettas which are so worthy to stand beside the older classics of the same order. The Waltz Dream, produced in 1007. after a series of burlesques on such things as Wagner's Nibelungs, has remained his moat popular success, and most critics think it his best work. He, too, was born in Vienna.
Richard Strauss, no relation, nor even a fellow-countryman, of the Viennese family, has given much of his best work to their gay city. And with what complete success he can turn aside from more impressive music and capture the very spirit of laughter and the rhythmic joy of life enshrined in their great melodies is long ago known to every lover of the waltz.
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE
MAY FAIR HOTEL