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by Charles Mitchell
The idea of ' simultaneity ' and the belief in the ' law of chance' as a valid basis for artistic expression are notions that go back to the very early years of this century, yet they have had a lasting influence. The speaker examines their origins.


Unknown: Charles Mitchell


Sonata In B minor
Grandes Etudes de Paganini:
No. 5, in E (La chasse)
No. 6, in A minor (Theme and variations)
No. 2, in E fiat (Octave study) played by Valentin Gheorghlu (piano) on gramophone records


Played By: Valentin Gheorghlu


by Christine Lavant
Translated from the German by Nora Wydenbruck
Read by Joan Plowright
Sound composition by Roberto Gerhard
Production by Michael Bakewell
A girl is trying to cure herself of a love she knows to be hopeless. It has led her to attempted suicide and despair, and in an asylum she tries to identify herself with the other patients and lose herself in their world of fantasy.


Unknown: Christine Lavant
Unknown: Nora Wydenbruck
Read By: Joan Plowright
Unknown: Roberto Gerhard
Production By: Michael Bakewell


Virtuoso Ensemble: Leon Goossens (oboe) Peter Newbury (oboe)
John Burden (horn)
Andrew McGavin (horn) Ronald Waller (bassoon) Anthony Judd (bassoon)
David Martin (violin)
Gwynne Edwards (viola)
Willem de Mont (cello)


Oboe: Leon Goossens
Oboe: Peter Newbury
Horn: John Burden
Horn: Andrew McGavin
Bassoon: Ronald Waller
Bassoon: Anthony Judd
Violin: David Martin
Viola: Gwynne Edwards
Cello: Willem de Mont

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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