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'Love in Greenwich Village'

A Modern Version of ' Love in a Village' (Arne, 1760)
Book and Lyrics by JOHN WATT
Music modernized by GEORGE BARKER
Orchestral Arrangements by SYDNEY BAYNES
THE fashion of adopting the work of authors and composers of the past to make an entertainment acceptable to modern ears has its friends and enemies : but the verdict in every case depends upon how well the job is done. The eighteenth century seems to have a special appeal for the adaptor, and many successes of recent years have come from réchauffés of its favourites. None but a few pedants quarrelled with the Hammersmith revivals, notably, The Beggars' Opera with Frederic Austin 's rearrangement of, and additions to, the original score. The Berlin version of the same work, under the title Drei Groschen Oper , went considerably further, and added a completely new jazz score. Both were artistic compromises, but successful entertainments, and therefore justified. Love in Greenwich Village, adapted from Dr. Arne's Lore in a Village, is a case in point supplied by broadcasting. This to all intents new musical comedy was first broadcast from Belfast, in April, 1929, and revived on 5 GB and 2 LO in December, 1U2!), and February, 1930. It is a case of complete modernization. The scene has been changed to Greenwich Village, the Chelsea of New York; the music has been re-arranged from Arne's original melodies, given syncopated form by George Barker , and will be played by a modern dance band combination. The book and lyrics, too, have been rewritten, and a mere ghost of the original libretto remains. The aim of the whole reconstruction has been to appeal to the taste of the modern musical comedy lover, and, judging by its reception three years ago, it succeeds. Pace Dr. Arne!
National Programme Daventry

SCRAPBOOK FOR 1928

Scenes, Memories, and Melodies of Ten Years Ago
Presented by Leslie Baily and Charles Brewer
Ten years back!-What was happening then?-Who was in the news?-What tunes were we whistling?
The latest Scrapbook will be in striking contrast to the previous programme in the series, Scrapbook for 1900, which was broadcast in February. 1900 was the most remote year so far covered in this series ;
1928 is the most recent
The programme will include a record of H.M. King George V opening the Tyne Bridge between Gateshead and Newcastle
Other events of the year to be recalled will include:
Revolt in Afghanistan
Sensational Grand National
(recalled by Geoffrey Gilbey )
' This Year of Grace '
(Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale)
The BBC at Savoy Hill
(Stuart Hibberd)
The First Talkie
(Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer)
The BBC Variety Orchestra and The BBC Revue Chorus
Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock






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