By Alistair Cooke
At the eighth of October 1934, lengthy prior to the broader international knew him from his Letter from the US declares, his tv sequence the US, or his introductions to Masterpiece Theatre, Alistair Cooke sat down at a BBC microphone to provide his first radio speak. His topic was once cinema. Cooke started movie reviewing within the Nineteen Twenties as a Cambridge undergraduate, and endured to broadcast on cinema from big apple. lower than his watchful gaze, Hollywood reached its Golden Age, basically to be tarnished by way of tv; he clocked each new technological improvement, from the coming of talkies to the video cassette. He additionally saw cinema's personalities, writing tributes to Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, James Cagney and others, constantly illuminating their designated presents and how they mirrored the yank scene.
Since the Thirties, Alistair Cooke's vigorous movie stories have principally slumbered unpublished and unheard. Alistair Cooke on the video clips selects the main glowing. We meet Cooke the biographer, affectionately recalling quite a few stars he knew and fashionable, between them Charlie Chaplin and Humphrey Bogart. this can be a interesting new assortment for Cooke's dedicated readers and listeners, and for a person drawn to the twentieth century parade of yank and eu movies.
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Similar to Couperin's works are the many pieces for harpsichord by J. P. Rameau (1683— 1764). His first " Book of pieces for the Clavecin " came out in 1706. The plan of his suites is much the same as Couperin's, comprising a few solid movements at the beginning and a number of lively tunes and rondos in the latter part. There is even more directness and point about some of Rameau's picture-tunes than Couperin's, and the connection with the stage is more obvious, inasmuch as some of those which are still familiar to modern pianists appear also as ballet pieces in his operas.
It was not till after the accession of William III. (1688) that he had another opportunity of writing the music for an opera. The first of his remaining works in this line was " Dioclesian," which was produced in 1690. His principal work of the kind was " King Arthur," which came out in 1691. The poem was written by Dryden, and had the literary qualities to be expected of him. Purcell's music was practically incidental, though there is a great deal of it, comprising many characteristic choruses, and solos, and songs, and excellent dance music of a very solid kind.
The rest of his Oratorios succeeded each other year by year on the plan of the earlier ones, which clearly approved itself to him, and was, perhaps, too easily handled for their permanent value as wholes. The last was " Jephthah," written in 1751. at a time when his eyesight was already failing. An operation, performed with the hope of restoring his sight, as in the case of J. S. Bach, completely blinded him ; but he lingered longer than his great contemporary, and did not leave the world till 1759.
Alistair Cooke at the Movies by Alistair Cooke