DU PERSONNEL No. 54 November 1963
C0 N TENTS
Exhibition of Children's Drawings
Letter from the Staff Association to the Direotor-General about the Canteen
"Artl!I et Loieirs" Group
Geneva English Drama Society
Photo Club Annual Exhibition
A General Introduction to the Programme The new season of chamber music concerts which began on Thursday, 31st October with the Warsaw Quintet promises to be a veritable 9-course musical feast. It is not easy to realise a programme like this, bearing in mind our limited resources and the wide variety of tastes and the range of levels of sophistication of our public. Dur progrrunme planners have tried, once again, to offer a·· few unusual concerts at a level that should satisfy the most sophisticated and exacting of our clientele, and at the same time to include a few concerts that will appeal to those who do not often, if ever, listen to ch2mber music. Our aim is to offer a programme whose average level of music and of musicianship is first class, with prices that, bearing in mind the smE\ll size of the hall, are extraordinarily low. True, it is possible to buy an "abonnement" for a series of concerts in the Victoria Hall or elsewhere in Geneva at a comparable price per concert, but only for the cheaper seats in a much larger hall with much inferior acoustics and none of the intimi-ite atmosphere so essential to this sort of music. It is a fact, which may not be realised by some of our colleagues, that if the same concerts were to be organised on an ordinary commercial basis anywhere else in Geneva, they would cost a great deal more. This is not only because the hall is free, but also because the special character of the CERN concerts oakes it possible for us to induce the artists to perform for us at fees considerably lower than they normally charge. Even so, we have been ruDning at a loss and have been able to carry on in spite of this thanks only to the willingness of the Staff Association to support the Music Club. So make no mistake about it, if you go to these concerts you are getting a lot more than good value for your money!
Let us take a general look at the programme for the season, and a closer look at the first three concerts. As in past years, we have recognised the popularity of the piano as a component of a.n ensemble and of the solo piano recital in particular~ We have two such recital s this year, one by Fernande Kaeser (January 30th~ and one by Bela Siki (March 19th). The first would in a sense be called "popular", with a Bach suite, and a Mozart sonata at the "classical" end ·of the spectrum, a Prokofieff sonata at the "modern" (or almost modern); end, and with the more "romantic" worlcs of Schubert (waltzes) and Debussy (Preludes) in the middle. The programme has been carefully chosen to suit the style and temperament of the pianist.
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The second recital will be something special; Bela Siki has played onoe . before at CERN and on that occasion gave a really extraordinary perfrrmanc~ of a Bartok piano sonata. In spite of its quite terrifying technical and interpretive difficulty, not to mention the subjective problem of a good part of the audience who were obviously unaccustomed to · Bartok, Bela Siki really "put it across" and won an ovati.on which he really merited. So we asked him if he would play . the Beethoven "Hammerklavier" Sonata - that formidable rnnk upon which many a pianist of world renown has run agroun.d, and which most avoid accordingly. We shall write more about this magnificent piece - perhaps the greatest music ever composed for the piano - in a l .a ter article, in which we shall try to explain exactly what is so difficult about it and why it is so wonderful - and so easily ±uined ! Now we only nota in passing that Bela Siki asked ·for more than a year's notice in which to prepare himself to play the "Hammerklavi e r 11 • This says something about his seriousness as a musician? as well as ab~ut the musih itself ! The 24 Chopin Preludes that make of the second part of Siki's programme are, what might be called a pianistic · orgy, voluptous, sparkling, graceful and tender. The combination is well-c.hJsen • . The piano appears in three other concerts, in the Warsaw Quintet (October 31st) thG Honegger-Pallard duo (April 21st) and the Pasquier-Veron-Lacroix quartet (May 21st). That is abqut all these three concerts have in common. Henri Honegge r is the solo violincellist o( the Suisse Romand e Orchestra and Claire Pallard is a Swiss pianist, Honegger's normal accompanist. They have chosen an extraordinary variegated programme, including piecos by Marais and th8 Japanese composer Kurachi, and works by Beethoven, de Falla, Schumann and Debussy. Robert Veron-Lacroix is best known as one o£ ·Europe 1 s outstanding harpsichord players. The choice of an all-Mozart programme for his concert with the Trio Pasquier is thGrefore a vrise one. Two seasons ago we had the New Yor~ Woodwind Quintet. This proved such an enjoyable concert that we jumped at the chance of getting thei::: "opposite nuribers" from Paris to oome and play for us (onFeb. iBth). Here again, there will be something for evuryone, with Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart and Rossini on the menu with Hindemith and Milhaud. The second concert of the series is rather special and is covered in the programme notes following this article.
- 3 For the sake of completeness, I would only mention in passing that th e Deller vocal ensemble (Monday November 18th) is without doubt th e best of its kind in the world and has never been to Geneva before . Some people think that madrigals are a "long-haired" and somewhat procious affectation of donnish types. They are wrong. True, these old songs have a flavour all of their own, ~ I can think of half-a-dozen that I have sung myself which in their direct and enthusiastic approach to loving and lusting make th e average contemporary pop-singer sound positively pubescent. Most musicians have a special favourite piece of music and some become masters of its e xecution. This is the case with Szymon Goldb e rg and the Bach Partitas for solo violin. And that is why we have been trying for two years to arrange a date with him. He will be supported by Ron Golan on the viola in two Mozart duos. Golan has played b e fore in our concerts, once superlatively well a nd onc e very indefferently. On the latter occasion (last season) it may be that h e was dispirited by an unusually poor attendance. From what we know of his attitude to this s e ason concert with Goldberg, wo have reason to expect that this time he will really rise to his b e st l e v e l and that will undoubt e dly ma ke this one a really memorable concert. The season e nds in styl e with the 11 Schola Cantorum Basiliensis 11 which is not, as you .might have thought, a choir but a chamber orchestra. Th e ir e ntire programme will be devoted te works of eErly classical composers such as Couperin, Purcell, Telemann and Vivaldi.
If you have taken the trouble to read this article you are obviously sufficiently inter a sted to be thinking of going to some or all of the conc e rts. If you enjoy them and I am sure you will - - I would like to ask you to keep in mind that it is by no means certain that we shall be able to continue with these concerts in future, unless something can be don e to e nsure that the hall is full at every concert. We make as much publicity, with posters and so on, as we can afford. Much more valuabl e than a hundred posters (and much less expensive !) are the personal efforts of our members and supporters to interest their friends nnd acquaintances especially outside CERN. So I would appeal to you tell your friends about our concerts invite them to come and hear for themselve s how good th e y are ask them to buy an abonnement for six or three concerts.
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Monday 18th November Th e Deller Consort is a group of eight p e ople devoted to the performanc e of early music, particularly from the time of the golden ag e of English music, lato 15th and early 16th century. Alfr e d De ller, the b8arded counter~tenor who leads th0m, is well known for his pure and e xpressive voic e , the more noticeable in madrigals which though expressive ar e not necessarily v e ry pure. Th e y will sing ma driga ls by Weelkes and Wilbye, th e "Mozarts" of madrigals composers who combine atmosph e re and charact e risation with 0a sy and f a ultl e ss technical mast e ry; and by Dowland, known for his charming lu~e songs. Italian madrigals were also of a very high st a ndard and, in fact wer e composed even before Elizabethan times . Thre e Italian composers will be represented including Marenzio, who wrot e "The first Sett of Italian Madrigals Englished, not to the sense of thu original dittie, but after affection of the Nbate". Finally thr oe French composers, although the nationality has to be interpreted wid e ly since the best known of them, Lassus, was a Belgian who spent most of his time in Munich. As regards libretto, however, he had a fruitful collaboration with the French poet Ronsard. Mik e Pentz
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Champions : "Entretien"
Sixteen teams took part in the knockout football tournament which began in mid-Augt·;st. From th e beginning two teams held th e attention of numerous spectators, Entretien an~ Courrier. The former qualifi ed after a good match with Photo. In the s e mifinals, Courri e r manag,) d to beat Atelier TC, although only after extra time, and Entretien beat Bureau Tech. SB thanks to some penalti e s. To th e finals then Entretien - Courrier
There were some 200 sp e ctators to watch the final at th e St. Ge nis ground. Entreti e n took charge of the game from the beginning. Courrier replied with spirited counterattacks but were unabl e to get through a solid Entreti e n defence. The general superiority of the Kelli men soon showed itself by a goal from Moret. Shortly afterwa rds, Rotelli managed to e qualize with a long shot. After half time the better physical condition of Entretien stood them in good stead and th e y scored their second goal after 8 minutes. Towards the end of the game Courrier rallied and pressed hard but Entretien held th e ir ground and became the first champions of the CERN football tournament.
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It is . always difficult to draw impartial conclusions but let's try. These matches should be held in a spirit of friendly rivalry, which was not always the case. In the future more detailed regulations should be set up, and the question of refereeing reviewed and improved. 1 63 tournament has finished with a well-earned here's to the 1964 season.
Pierre H. Bonvin CERN FOOTBALL COMMITTEE
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* * * CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Talks on general subjects The series began again on November 7th. As in the past we want them to be of interest to all members of CERN. If subj~cts appear, at first sight, to be rather specialised they will be treated in sue~ a way as to be appreciated by everyone. The opening talk on Nove~ber 7th was given by th~ Mayor of Gene~a, M. Pierro Bouffard speaking on Romanesq~e art,
The second talk will be ty Prof. E. Kahane from Montpellier, and he will speak about Teilhard de Chardin. We plan to have talks concerning Europe 64 Musicology Volcanoes and have some other projects which we will tell you about when they are more definite. The discussion on the talks will be taken after an interval to allow peopl e "to turn the problems over in their minds and ask the questions Whiah other~ise crop up when you are back home. Suggestions are always welcome. Cultural Activities Sub-cocnittee
- 7RESULTS OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A
CERN SWIMMING POOL
The To remind you swimming pool they would be
results of replies received are given below~ of the questionnaire, those interested in a were asked to say what sort of season ticket likely to take among the following suggestions
A. I would use the swimming pool occasionally (entrance Fr. 1.- adults, Fr.0,50 children) B. I would use the swimming pool regularly and would take out a subscription a) Fr. 40,- for myself b) Fr. 20.- for my wife c) Fr. 5.- for each children We can thus make an estimate of the probable revenue per year as follows : Type A B a b c
259 people interested. 418 204 197
The number of replies was very encouraging and we shall continue to work on the subject.
Another way of looking at the question is that the total number pf people working at CERN is at present about 2000. Taking into account families this makes some 6000 people directly connected with CERN. Experience elsewhere suggests that some 25% might be expected to use thG swimming pool which agrees roughly with the above replies, Of course many other people living in tho Cite Satellite might also be interested provided some suitable membership arrangements co~ld be made. We shall now try to estimate what size of pool would be necessary for this number of people, and then get a cost estimate for such a pool.
* * * . EXHIBITION OF CHILDREN 1 S DRAWINGS
An exhibition is being organised by the Staff Association for Christmas. In fact, not only drawings but also models and other handicrafts will be accepted for the competition. Prizes will be offered for the best items in the following classes g
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Children under 6
Drawiri~s, · paintings, dec6upages Model · · · · - · Other handicrafts, mobiles, carvings etc.
Children from 6 to 11
a), b)-, c) ··as above
Children from 11 to 15
a), b), c)
The competition and exhibition is open to the children of all CERN personn~l. There will be a group ,hors ·concours for work done by members of CERN themselves bo~ore . they war~ l~ ! Work to be submitted to the exhibition should be taken to the Staff Association Office befor e NovGmber 30th. The name and age of the competitor should be markod.
* * * LETTER FROM STAFF ASSOCIATION TO THE DIRECTOR FOR ;,]MINISTRATION Sept 11th 1963 At tho meeting held on the 23 August by the Canteen Committee the Staff Association l earnt that th~ management of the Canteen had asked for a rise in prices of . loots. per meal, and 5 cts. on all drinks. The Staff Association Committee cannot accept this rise and r.mde tho following cc-c.::ents i!'1 n letto::r to Mr. G. Hampton 1) Among Coop expenses figure purch~ses partly necessitated by th8fts and negligence on tho part of custome rs in the restaurant and workers canteen. 2) The figures on receipts have not beon · verified and in tho absence of details ono may ask if invisible profits exist, for example a) that coming from selling goods at high prices in the canteen and bar. b) the dividend saved in being both buyer and seller, which the Coop does not pass on to the customer in the case of the canteen.
3) The loss suffered by thL cant 8e ns has been' covered by the profits at the kici~que. Thci workd~S bantoen has been managed by the Ooop at CERN's request. It is no b8nefit to CERN personnel
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5) The Committee notes the Coop suggestion that an immediat~ rise is made necessary by the increase in cost of living in 1963. How can this be so when at the Coop bar in Meyrin it was possible to buy, at tho beginning of this month various drinks, coffee in particular 5 cts. chuaper than in our restaurant. It also seems intolerable thnt a tin of tomato juice costing 45 cts (- 5% dividend) at the counter and 60 cts. in the Coop bar should be sold for 1 Fr. in CERN. Other examples could easily be cited. 6) The staff cannot be expected to ~cc~pt the fact that CERN agrees to an immediate rise in prices as soon as an outsidu enterprise says it has lost money, whereas in tho case of the rise i~ the cost of living tho salary adjustments are neither immediate nor automatic. :E urthormore the staff has already suffered a rise in certain prices and diminution of some allowances during 1963. If salaries were raised from lat January 1964 and if this rise included a peroentage io~ the rise in cost of living, the Committee 0ould understand. that part of this concerns food. A rise in pric~s in the restaurant cculd therefore only be accepted if it coincides with a rise in salaries, apd could only take place after some reasonable relation had been established between the prices in CERN and those, for example, in the bar .. at Meyrin. 1
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ASSOCIATIONS DES GROUPEMENTS "ARTS ET LOISIRS"
The "Arts et Loisirs" group is organising an exhibition open to all CERN personnel. Please contnct the Staff Association for details and entrance forms. 4th "Arts et Loisirs" exhibition Jan 25 - Feb 16 1964, at the Mus~e d 1 Art et Histoiro, Sallu des Casemates. Preview Friday, Jan 24th at 8.30 p.m
Sub,j e ct
Applied arts, ui ther drawing or painting (must be framed) sculpture, modelling, ceramics, mosaics, enamels, pottery. Numbe r of ob,jects : No fixed limit, but the organisers r0serve the right to refuse exhibits which are not of a sufficiently high standard or simply too numerous. Deadline : Nov. 30th at A.L.G Case 302, Geneva 6 .
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GENEVA ENGLISH DRAMA SOCIETY
We are pleased to publish the following information which we have received from this society. Further information from the Editor of this Journal or, of course from the Officers of the Drama Society. The Goneva English Drama Society opened its new season in September. A new Committee was elected at the Annual General Meeting held on 18 June, 1963, and includes the following Officers : Prt-rnident Vice-President Treasurer Secretary Membership Secretary
Mr. Dr. Mr. Mr. Mrs
A. Woolman A. van Pernis j". Martin G. Colley
The season's three public productions will be "Separate Tables" (Terence Rattigan)
plus 2 plays selected from
"The Rape of the Belt" (Benn Levy) "Count your Blessings" (Ronald Jeans) "An Inspector Calls" (J.B.Priestley) "Bell, Book and Candle" (J. van Druten) The three productions Will be held at tho la Cour St. Pier~e on the following dates :
4, 5, 6 and 7 DecembGr, 1963 "Separate Tables" 11, 12, 13 and 14 February, 1964 5, 6, 7 and 8 May, 1964 The following play readings will also be hold throughout the season :
19 November 1963 "The Aspern Papers" (James) 17 De comber 1963 "Dear Delinquer. t" (Popplewell) 21 January 1964 "Two for the Soosaw" 4 F.e b'r uary 19 6 4 "Roots" (Wosker) 17 March 1964 "Hippo Dancing 11 (Morley) 21 April 1964 To bo decided later 19 May 1964 Shakespearean Evening Conforming with the Society's policy of trainin·g its members in stage techniques, Theatre Workshop meetings will be held on the following dates :
7 January 1964 18 February 1964 3 March 1964
31 March 1964 7 April 1964
- 11 The Society has changed the venue of its Theatre Workshops and Play Readings 9 and during the coming season those will be held abovo the Restaurant Bearn (4 Quai de la Foste). The meetings will commence, as usual, at 8.30 p.m. New members are cordially welcomed to the Society and those interested in applying for membership should contact Mrs G. Colley on 32 62 00 9 Extension 276 during working hoursi or 34 14 89 (day), 34 09 04 (evening). Yearly membership is 25 Swiss francs 9 and half-yearly membership is 12.50 Swiss francs. Temporary membership is also available at a cost of 3 Swiss francs, valid for one month.