Nates On The Beat
'T'HE second Festival of Aus
A tralian Music will be held in Adelaide from August 20 to 29. Professor John Bishop, of Adelaide University, is calling for Australian composers to submit scores for consideration. This year, to simplify the task of selecting works suitable for performance, he has prepared a special form on which com- posers can set out the details ot length, scoring, etc.
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pENGUIN BOOKS have just ?*? published "A Dictionary of Music," compiled by R. 111 ing, to fill 318 pages of smallish print.
At the price, the book is good value, although its small size, and the rules that the compiler has accordingly made, have numerous disadvantages. It is disconcerting to see that Coleridge-Taylor gets seven lines to Mahler's four, and that Sibelius and Stravinsky get the mere entry: "Still living."
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CASTINGS for the leads in
the British Common- wealth Theatre Company's production of "The Devil's Disciple" (which opens at the Palace on May 1): Basil Hen- son (Dick Dudgeon), Henry Gilbert (Pastor Anderson),
Ailsa Grahame (Mrs. Dud-1 geon), Wendy Gibb (Judith). Subsequent productions will in- clude "Henry VIII," as direct-
ed by Tyrone Guthrie at Strat- ~ ford, and (probably) Ibsen's "Wild Duck."
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LAWRENCE H. CECIL'S first production for the John Alden Company will be Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Chris- tie," with Lyndall Barbour, Grant Taylor, Queenie Ashton and Leonard Thiele. It will open in the St. James Hall in the third week of May.
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T^HE performance of Strauss' *? "Gypsy Baron" at the Conservatorium on April 27 by the Metropolitan Musical So- ciety is said to be the first per- formance in Australia of this bright and tuneful operetta.
The producers, who arranged for a local English translation, believe the show will be the costliest ever done by an Aus- tralian amateur musical group.