by Arnold Haskell
In this talk Mr. Haskell reviews the present season at Covent Garden, bearing in mind such factors as the work of De Basil before the war, and the extent to which outside influences. particularly Americanisation, have affected the Russian tradition.
Mr. Haskell holds the opinion that this present season will largely decide the future of Russian ballet, and that its survival depends on a long residence in Europe in contact with the musicians and painters of France
Talk by Geoffrey Barraclough , Professor of Medieval History in the University of Liverpool
In Professor Barraclough's opinion the assumption of the essential continuity of Western European culture from Classical Greece and Rome through the medium of medieval Christendom has become an unresolved dogma in present-day thinking and even in present-day politics.
Tonight he criticises the historical foundations for this assumption and gives his reasons for doubting whether the concept of a Western tradition is a valid one. He uses the evidence of the medieval history of the countries of Western Europe and also of the Byzantine Empire and of Russia.
Octet (Howard Ferguson ): Griller
String Quartet, with Pauline Juler (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Dennis Brain (horn), and James Merrett (double bass)
Nonet (Bax): Griller String Quartet, with Joseph Slater (flute), Leon Goossens (oboe), Frederick Thurston (clarinet), Victor Watson (double bass), and Maria Korchin ska (harp)
Nonetto (Villa-Lobos): Brazilian
Festival Orchestra and Schola Cantorum conducted by Hugh Ross on gramophone records
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