iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for The Broken Melody

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Last on

Thu 16 Apr 2009 11:30 BBC Radio 4

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 16 April 2009

Musician George Kennaway recalls the life of the 19th-century cellist Auguste van Biene, who was discovered while busking on the streets of London and went on to play the lead in over 6,000 performances of just one play, The Broken Melody.

George, himself a cellist and who carries something of an obsession for this forgotten phenomenon, goes in search of his lost hero. It involves a family reunion at Golders Green Sephardic Cemetery, a once-in-a-century run through of this Victorian melodrama by a group of long-suffering friends, and some very dusty archives which reveal a self-publicist who would fit rather well into 21st century showbusiness.

Broadcasts

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss