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Professor HENRY CLAY : Scientific
LAST week Professor Clay discussed rationalisation, and showed that in modern industry there is an increasing tendency towards a rational examination and criticism of existing industrial practice. Another manifestation of this spirit of criticism is scientific management. This term, so constantly heard nowadays, means an attempt to improve processes, systems of organization and internal relations, by applying to their study the methods of record, analysis, and measurement that the scientist uses in the study of his problems. How far are the problems which face the industrialist akin to the problems with which the scientist is concerned? In this connection Professor Clay expounds the actual and potential importance of the accounting profession. The sixth and last talk of this sub-series next week deals with the position of labour in the new organization of industry. On the Monday after, a symposium will begin on the question 'How has the State met the Change ? ' It will be conducted by Professor Clay and the two previous Monday speakers, Professor Plant and Mr. Dennis Robertson.


Professor Henry Clay
Mr. Dennis Robertson.

EMMY HEIM (Soprano)
LONG (Pianoforte)
THE first two of Brahms' three quartets for viol in, viola, violoncello and pianoforte, composed about 1860, when he was twenty-seven, were. except for the original form of the B Major Trio, the first chamber music he gave to the world. All his life he took a vast deal of trouble to make sure that anything like sketches which had gone to the making of his finished work, was destroyed; we know, too, that he suppressed quite a big proportion of his own finished work, sometimes even after others had approved of it. So that these first two quartets may be the successors of earlier ones which are lost to us, and which critics loss exacting than himself might have treasured. The world at large is certainly grateful for these, embodying, as they do, some of his most original and impressive conceptions. Both are big in every way, dramatic, tender, mystic and passionate by turns.
IN none of Bax's chamber music is so much dramatic force and power condensed as in this remarkable quartet, composed in 1922. It takes only eight minutes to play, and yet, within its terse compass, a depth of intense feeling is compressed which might easily have sufficed for a whole symphony. The opening is marked feroce, an instruction which Bax has used elsewhere, too, and it provides a good clue to the mood of the music here. The piece makes no concessions to lyrical charm and, indeed, never relaxes from the vigour with which it sets out. Nor does it allow for any weakness on the part of its performers : for each individually, and for all four as a team, it is very difficult.


Marjorie Hayward
Rebecca Clarke

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