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GRAMOPHONE SOCIETIES' REPORTS (colltiIlUl'r/ froln page 11)
~plendid specimens, not only of nonsense verses, but th e ir correct presentation in mu s ical form, .and ,Mr. VVilliams makes excell ent play with their -s pirit. Incid entally, he makes himself und erstood.
At our n ext m eeting on May 5th , lVII'. 'We bb, th e Pres id ent of th e South London Society will dem on strate hi s "Kestraphone," and al so' ~ive a -S h Olt lecture on the "Development of th e Sound Box," i l lustrated by diag rams anel anatomical specim en s . , It should b e n oted that all enquiri es regarding the Soci ety should be addressed t o Mr. J. T. Fishe r, 28A, Fieldhouse R oad, Emmanuel R oad ; Ball1flm, S.V". 12 .
S. F. D. HOWARTH ,
R ecording S ecretary.
EAST LONDON SOCIETY
'OUR Concert fo r th e month of ,March co nsisted of a "Popular Lig ht Programme ," and embraced i tem s by the following orche stras , in stru mentali st s and vocalists: L ondon Symphon~', Roya.l Albert Hall and British Symphony; Kreisl e r and H eifetz ; Galli-Curci and McCormack . The orchestral selections includ ed such ' p op ular fav ourites as " Praeludium," Ov erture " Ober on ," Prelude" Susannah's S ec rct , " etc ., etc. I should l ike to mention on e i tem which I think sh o uld b e in the collection of every orchestral enthu s iast a nd that is " The 'Vitches'"Ride" (" Han se l und Gre'tel " ), Humperdinck , play ed by the British Symphony Orchestra. H eifetz receiv ed th e u sual ovati on on his playing " The Dance of th e Goblins" and " Tarantella. " Kreisler ca.ptivated us by his b eautiful r enderings of" Caprice Vi ennoi s " a nd the obbligato to " Le Nil ," thc singer being McCormack. Galli-Curci contributed g reatly to th e su ccess of th e evening by th e following song and arias: " L a, h ear th e Gentl e Lark ," "Charming Bird " (" Th e Pearl of Bra zil ") ,a nn " Th e Sh adow Song " (" Din ora h ") .
Readers of THE GRANlO PHO~E re sidin g in South ~East L ondon will no d oubt be intereste d to know that our programm es embrace concerts of ev er ~: -desc ription , and that, f urth ermore, \\'e makc a point of including in our programmes, wheneve r possible, i tems by the most advanced of th e n~odern composers. Our April concert will be given over entirely t o m od e rn ",'orks, and included in th e programme are compositions by Bantock, Holst , Bliss, Ravel , Scriabin , Palmgren , etc. , etc. Lovers of music are invited to communicatc with the Secretary (encl os ing a stamped envel ope) at 2, Henslowe R oad, East Dulwich , S.£. 22 , wh o will be onl y too pl eased t o forw a rd full p a rti culars of the S oc i et~·. HARRlE KI~C.
GLASGOW AND DISTRICT GRAMOPHONE SOCIETY
T HURSDAY, 29th 'March. As announced Mr. P e rcy Gordon, Mus .Bac ., L.R.A.M. , our Pres id ent , deliv e red his lecture on " Musical Composition -Some Tricks of the Trade," 'with illu strations bv means of Gramophone records and also on th'~ piano. Th e lecture was packed full of th e most inter esting material and would reallv need to b e l iste ned to several t imes to be fully appreciated. Put briefly, Mr. Gordon's int ention was to outline th e way in which m elodi es are put t ogether; how composers make pi eces up from one melody built up in differ ent ways ; how, in orchestral work , the orchestra is u sed in varying ways for th e reprodu c ti on of the central theme, and also bv what manner of means and " trick s" composers ~anage to hold th e a t tenti o n a nd int er est of their audience. The reco rd s which he had selected were of particular interes t , and th e inter est was considerably h eightened by th e i l luminative criticisms which , Mr. Gordon gave of the diffe rent r eco rd s after the y had been pl ayed. The inst rum ent on which thc r eco rds wer e played was a cabinet H.lV!.V. which, along with th e r eco rd s, was kindly suppli ed by 11'1ess rs . Alex. Biggar. The piano, a handsome Ch ap pell upright , was supplied by Mess rs. Murdoc h McKillop &: Co., Ltd. , to whom, a lo ng with Messrs . Bi gga r , the Society are very much ind ebted. The meeting closed with a very h earty vot e of thanks to NIL Gordon for hi s splendid and in spiring address. l\" ext meeting, d emon st ration of latest records by Messrs . Paterso n , Sons & Co., Ltd. , April lOth. W. J . ROGERS ,
TYNESIDE GRAMOPHONE AND
F EBRUARY 26th , 1923 .- As :i\'less r s. Graham and Young were unabl e t o give an lEolian 'Voealion ni ght as a rranged, Mr . Linzey 'Willcox ftI1 ed the gap with a n Edi son Cylinder d em onstra t ion. A Hom e phono (e ightee n years old) was u seo with floating r eproducer a nd 30in. brass horn. All rec o rd s were very well received except two Damberols, which "'er c hail ed with d eri s ion . Th e whole suites of "Cassc N o iset te" and " Ball et Russe " wcre given. Frank Croxton, in the " Gypsy L ove Song " and" Li st th e Cherubic Host ," were unknown to our m ember s and were thought excell e nt.
March 12th , 1923.- A comparative test of r ecords " 'as made. ,i\'inn er s, Scala, Imp erial, etc., etc., ane! many excell ent reco rdings were hea rd.