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The Piper Was Impressed

From Our Film Correspondent

"If Catholic priests had films shown in their parishes, as were shown in Lewisham last week, I think it would assist in bringing many lost Catholics back to their faith, as these films are true and not faked like ordinary films," writes a Dagenham Irish Piper, who attended the Rev. John Cremin's programme of films at Lewisham last week.

The programme included " a premiere " of the Catholic Film Society's London Gaelic Athletic Association picture made of the efforts of this society to cultivate and preserve Gaelic games in London. The film was made at G.A.A. playing fields, Eltham, when the All-Ireland Junior Hurling Final was played.

great music by this means, there is no earthly reason why he should refrain from doing so. If another living man could write music indistinguishable in idiom from Mozart's, and as perfect, it would be madness to scorn him as a copy-cat.

The slow movement of Dumbarton Oaks has the most marvellous interplay of sound between strings,

Musical clarinet and bassoon. Brilliance And if anybody Here wants to see Stravinsky's musical brilliance expressed as succinctly as possible I suggest listening to the treatment of the final three chords of this movement. Note also the horns in the first movement. Jarring elements in the concerto (but my judgment may be premature) were occasional sudden full-stops.

The rest of the concert, except the Ravel, was really a tribute to Nadia Boulanger, because the composers have all been her pupils.

The best of the other works was the little piano concerto by Stanley Bate. It was short and pithy, with theme and development, and well contrasted movements. Thank goodness, the fashion of writing drawling, one-movement works seems to be abating. The last movement was the weakest, being facetious and sportive, but utterly lacking the fire necessary to prevent trifles from remaining trifling.

The Jean Frangaix satirical cantata, Le Diable Boiteux, was below the first-rate, even for light entertainment. Westrup was right in saying it would make good film music. youth with breathless interest, and which Verdi regarded as the masterpiece of the nineteenth century.

It was interesting to hear details, which not everybody knows, of Verdi's childhood. How, as an infant in arms, when the Russians and Austrians invaded Italy— then under French rule—and massacred even women and children in church, Verdi was only saved by his mother carrying him up to the very top of the steeple.

Again he was miraculously saved from death when, as a boy of eight, while serving at Mass, he fell down the altar steps in a dead faint on hearing the organ played for the first time.

He was carried home and remained unconscious so long that he was given up for dead, when he suddenly woke and repeated over and over again : "Let me learn music." So his father. although a poor man, bought him a spinet, which he smashed with a hammer when he found he could not play the harmony he wanted. The spinet is still in existence it seems, with a paper pasted inside by the man who repaired it " without payment for the wonderful child genius."

And now to turn to a more frivolous topic, although in reality a rather serious one: " What illnesses will be fashionable this winter," I asked my doctor, began a Paris broadcast. For illHave You a nesses have their Fashionable fashions like every Illness? thing else,

"Microbes," replied the doctor. " You mean there will be epidemics?" "Oh no, but people will take all sorts of precautions to avoid microbes, which makes them all the more prone to fall victims to them."

For instance, people avoid the underground, for fear of microbes, when there is an epidemic of colds, etc. As a matter of fact the microbes thrive outside in the fog, and there are none in the underground, where there is no fog.

"The surest way to fall a victim to microbes is to go to the Swiss mountains for fresh air and then to return to town where the microbes immediately attack you. In fact, the more habitually you live among microbes the safer you are— for instance, in sewer water!




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