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: Weber: Sonata No. 1, in C

played by Annie d'Arco (piano) on a gramophone record.


Pianist: Annie D'Arco

: The Grass of Idleness

by Yoshida Kenko.
Translated from the Japanese by Geoffrey Bownas.
with authentic medieval and modern Japanese music.

The Grass of Idleness comprises a series of essays and letters by a fourteenth-century Japanese courtier and public official turned recluse. Having retired from public life, Yoshida Kenko devoted the rest of his years to writing the poetry practised by every Japanese of rank and essays that present a vivid and rather satirical picture of social and religious conditions, compared nostalgically with Japan's golden age.
(The recorded broadcast of Dec. 12)

Followed by an interlude at 7.25


Author: Yoshida Kenko
Translated from the Japanese by: Geoffrey Bownas
Producer: Terence Tiller
Kenko: Anthony Jacobs
Tona: Alan Wheatley
Heian Maiden: Olive Gregg
Genji: Gabriel Woolf
[Actor]: Tom Lake
[Actor]: Allan McClelland

: Samson: Part 1

See foot of page and page 3
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
(by arrangement with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Ltd.)

: Just a Bit Different: Australian and Standard English

by Neil Burgess.
Mr. Burgess, an Australian educationist and phonetician visiting this country, gives his reactions to the differing ways in which Englishmen and Australians speak the same language.
(BBC recording)


Speaker: Neil Burgess

: Samson: Part 2

: Richard Church

A selection of poems from 'The Inheritors'.
Introduced and read by the author.
(BBC recording)


Author/Presenter/Reader: Richard Church

: Samson: Part 3

: Marry, Forsooth

Margaret Kennedy speaks about conventions in recent historical novels.
(The recorded broadcast of Nov. 22)


Speaker: Margaret Kennedy

: Reger: Suite No. 1, in G

for unaccompanied cello played by Amadeo Baldovino.
(The recorded broadcast of July 10)


Cellist: Amadeo Baldovino

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