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Directed by John Bridge
Florence Fielden (Contralto)
(North Regional Programme)

Offenbach wrote the opera Genevieve de Brabant first in two acts in 1859; again in five acts in 1875. He was evidently pleased with the original version and thought it worthy of resuscitation. It proved, as a matter of fact, one of his most successful productions. It is a burlesque, a form very popular in those days, and caricatures mediaeval romanticism in a parody of the same tale that Schumann had already treated seriously in his opera Genoveva. Count Siegfried is at the Crusades; the villain, Golo, makes love to his wife in his absence; Siegfried returns, believes the worst, and drives his wife and child into the wilderness. Golo's accomplice confesses ; Genevieve is brought back, and all is well. This, of course, is one of the oldest plots in the locker, and being based on the soundest principles of human nature, is naturally susceptible to parody; only the beat plots can be caricatured with success. Nobody realized that better than Offenbach, who drew for his parodies on such material as the story of Helen of Troy and that of Orpheus and Eurydice.


The Northern Studio Orchestra
Directed by:
John Bridge
Florence Fielden

Regional Variations (2)

London Regional Programme

Regional Programme Midland

This programme is the result of a novel experiinont designed with the dual object of giving unknown song-writers a chance to make them-solves hoard, and of providing listeners with a programme away from the stereotyped music of which they hear so much. Composers of unpublished songs were invited to send their MSS. for consideration within a period of three weeks. Immediately a flood of songs of all types poured into the B.B.C. offices, mounting to a total of well over two thousand. Of these, about twenty have been chosen for performance tonight, divided into two main types of ballads and syncopated songs. The competition revealed an interesting range of subject : Love Songs (mostly true) were a clear favourite ; Elegiacs came a close second, while Patriotic Songs finished a creditable third. The labours of the arrangers have been lightened by many conscious or unconscious humorists among the competitors. Lively titles included ' Hullo There, Blondie Hair ,' ' You Cannot Refuse Me Tonight,' ' Diana Mine ,' and ' Grin and Bear It.' Many lyrics came without music, music arrived without lyrics. One song was written in 1902. Several huge volumes, containing over twenty songs, were sent. One competitor carried his honesty to the point of addressing his contribution ' To the Gentleman Who is trying Song Failures at the B.B.C.' However, tho unknown composers of the country are on trial tonight before the biggest audience in the world. Music ready, please ! '


Blondie Hair
Diana Mine

Regional Programme London

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Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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