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Herbert Downes (viola)
The Pougnet-Riddle-Pini Trio
Second of three programmes


Viola: Herbert Downes


A group of seven talks
3-War and the Economic Mechanism by R. C. Tress
Professor of Political Economy in the University of Bristol
' When attack may come suddenly and without warning, it matters greatly for our ability to defend ourselves that we should have available not merely an immediately defensive or retaliatory force but also the means to maintain a defence economy over a long period.' Professor Tress examines the problems herein involved for the British economy in the light of the experience of the second world war.


An opera in a prologue and two acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Revised by Arrigo Boito
English version by Norman Tucker
Music by Verdi Cast in order of singing:
Sadler's Wells Chorus
(Chorus-Master. Marcus Dods )
Sadler's Wells Orchestra
(Leader, Walter Price )
Producer, John Moody
From Sadler's Wells Theatre. London
(by arrangement with Sadler's Wells Trust, Ltd)
The Scene: Genoa in the twelfth century
A square, with the Doge's Palace
7.35 app. Interval
7.45 app. AcT 1
Scene 1: The garden of the Grimaldi
Palace. Dawn, twenty years later
Scene 2: The Doge's Council Chamber.
Next day
8.45 app. Interval
8.55 app. AcT 2
Scene 1: A private room of the Doge.
Evening next day
Scene 2: The Palace. A few hours later


Unknown: Francesco Maria Piave
Unknown: Arrigo Boito
Unknown: Norman Tucker
Music By: Verdi Cast
Chorus-Master: Marcus Dods
Leader: Walter Price
Conducted By: Leo Quayle
Producer: John Moody
Paolo, leader of the Plebeian party: Frederick Sharp
Pietro, a Plebeian: Peter Glossop
Simone Boccanegra, captain of the Genoese Fleet, later first Plebeian Doge of Genoa: John Hargreaves
Fiesco. reigning Patrician Doge. later disguised as Andrea: Howell Glynne
Amelia Grimaldi, Boccanegra's daughter, lost as a child: Victoria Elliott
Gabriele Adorno, a Patrician, in love with Amelia: James Johnston
Captain of the guard: Joseph Powell


An extract from ' Le Mystere de la Charité de Jeanne d'Arc' by Charles Peguy
In a translation by Julien Green
Recited by Flora Robson
The programme adapted and produced by Christopher Sykes. based on a suggestion by Alexander Dru
Charles Peguy (1873-1914) was among the most original and profound religious writers of his time. In his most important work, the poetic drama Le Mystère de la Charité de Jeanne d'Arc, he explores not only the history of the warrior saint but the nature of Christian belief and the operation of grace and the supernatural on the human soul and human destiny. The Meditation is one speech from the play.


Unknown: Charles Peguy
Translation By: Julien Green
Unknown: Flora Robson
Produced By: Christopher Sykes.
Unknown: Alexander Dru


Franz Osborn (piano)
Elegy No.
Légende—St. Francois d'Assise: la predication aux oiseaux
Impromptu in F sharp Nuages gris
Piano Piece No. In A flat (Four
Little Piano Pieces)
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Annees de
Pèlerinage: deuxième annee, Italie)
La lugubre gondola


Piano: Franz Osborn

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