* Partage de Midi' * by Paul Claudel
Translated and adapted for broadcasting by Robert Speaight from a version by Jonathan Griffin
Characters, in order of speaking:
Production by E. A. Harding
Time: About the year 1910
At noon on. the upper deck of a large liner in thp middle of the Indian Ocean between Arabia and Ceylon
Among the tombs of a cemetery in Hong Kong on a heavy afternoon in April
A year later in the dismantled ball-room on the first floor of a disused ' colonial ' style house overlooking one of the ports of Southern China at a time of insurrection
Camille Maurane (baritone)
Ernest Lush (piano)
La bonne chanson, Op. 61
Une sainte en son aureole; Puisque l'aube grandit; La lune blanche : J'allais par des chemins perfides; J'ai presique peur, en. verdte; Avarut que tu ne t'en ailles; Done, ce sera par un clair jour d'6te; N'est-ce pas?; L'hiver a cessé .
Second of six lectures by Julian Huxley , F.R.S.
The First Evolutionary Equation
Dr. Huxley explains how Natural Selection automatically results from the basic properties of life. It is the main agency of change during biological evolution, and, given enough time, will produce the most startling and apparently improbable results. Dr. Huxley gives some examples of these, and of the different ways Natural Selection acts in different circumstances, and ends this lecture with a brief account of that classic example of biological transformation, the evolution of horses during fifty million years.
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham , Bt.
Some reflections by Thucydides
Read by, Harmam Gnisewood from the translation by Duncan Wilson
In the third book of his history of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides comments on the nature of the civil disturbances that broke out in many of the cities of Greece during the course of the war. The passage is a classic analysis of how the violence of party strife can shatter the normal standards of human behaviour.
(The recorded, broadcast of June 19)
See also 10.40
Symphony No. 6. in D minor.. Sibelius
A translation by Duncan Wilson from Alexis de Tocqueville 's projected sequel to his ' Ancien Regime '
Reader, T. S. Gregory
' What is it,' de Tocqueville asks, ' in the course of a long period of revolution, that most demoratises humamty?
(The recorded, broadcast of Sept. 29)
by Marcella Barzetti
Talk by .Alfred. Schenkman
, who has taught in a number of American universities and is at present engaged in a study of universities in Great Britain and on the Continent, comments on the different types of college and university in the U.S.A. and the quality of education they provide.
(The recorded broadcast of April 17)