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Night Music played by the New York Ensemble of Philharmonic Scholarship Winners
Conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos on gramophone records


Conducted By: Dimitri Mitropoulos

: Peter Coke in 'SCHWEIGER'

by Franz Werfel
English version for broadcasting by George Merritt
Other pans played by members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Production by Frederick Bradnum
Schweiner, by the Austrian novelist and dramatist Franz Werfel (1890-1945), is an extraordinary, phantasmagoric piece whose underlying point is the idea that a man's personality has numerous contradictory facets, each real yet each discernible only by different people. Thus Schweiger, the watchmaker, is one man to his wife, another to their neighbour who dabbles in the occult, a third to local politicians who wish to put him up for an election; he is alternatively and at once saint, fool, hero; and then one day even the mystery of a two-years' gap in his memory is solved, when strangers from the city arrive and tell him that he is not really the man he thinks he is, but a cured murderer and lunatic. Peter Forster


Unknown: Franz Werfel
Broadcasting By: George Merritt
Production By: Frederick Bradnum
Unknown: Peter Forster
Schweiger a watchmaker: Peter Coke
Anna his wife: Stella Richman
Frau Strohschneider, a spiritualist: Selma Vaz Dias
Father Baur, a priest: Denis Goacher
Topas, an editor: Ian Lubbock
Travinik, a worker: George Merritt
Grund, a lunatic: John Gabriel
Viereck, a doctor: Richard Williams
Linerl, a little girl: Elaine MacNamara


Philharmonia Orchestra (Leader, Manoug Parikian )
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
From the Royal Festival Hall, London
Part 1


Leader: Manoug Parikian
Conducted By: Herbert von Karajan


A study in landscape history by M. W. Barley
Department of Extra-Mural Studies,
University of Nottingham
The history of the English landscape and the disappearance of old English villages are topics that have received a good deal of attention recently from economic historians and others. Mr. Barley's study of two Nottinghamshire parishes relates both topics: Rufford and Wellow are remarkable, he says, ' because in them four villages have vanished and a fifth has taken their place; one lake has gone and another appeared; and a main road has been shifted a quarter of a mile or more-and this in a rural area, long before industry began to take a hand.'


Unknown: M. W. Barley


Part 2 followed by an interlude at 9.30


Philharmonia OrchestraConductor: Herbert von Karajan


The first of three discussions on different subjects
A. J. Ayer
Professor of Philosophy at University College, London
P. B. Medawar
Professor of Zoology at University College, London
V. S. Pritchett Rex Warner


Unknown: A. J. Ayer
Unknown: P. B. Medawar
Unknown: V. S. Pritchett
Unknown: Rex Warner


Prose readings in interludes this week are extracts from Captain Cook's Voyages, selected by the late Guy N. Pocock


Introduces: Iain Fletcher
Readers: Derek Hart.
Unknown: Guy N. Pocock


Sonata played by Margaret Kitchin (piano)


Piano: Margaret Kitchin


in the company of John Evelyn , Gentleman
A talk by Gordon Craig


Unknown: John Evelyn
Talk By: Gordon Craig

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