It’s Midsummer and that puts us in mind of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a result, today let’s explore the wide range of music written to accompany or be a part of the Immortal Bard’s works. Be not afeard; the
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The Isle Is Full Of Noises: Music for Shakespeare

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 22 June, 2013

The Isle Is Full Of Noises: Music for Shakespeare

It’s Midsummer and that puts us in mind of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a result, today let’s explore the wide range of music written to accompany or be a part of the Immortal Bard’s works.

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again.

(Caliban — The Tempest)

The works you’ll hear today range from classical – for example Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overtures for Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest – to the modern: Gryphon’s Midnight Mushrumps, also composed for The Tempest but this time by Richard Harvey for Peter Hall’s 1973 National Theatre Company production; and a great deal more, such as Alfred Reed’s evocative Shakespearian pieces for wind band. We’ll also hear a selection of period pieces from Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe — the marvellous recreation of the Globe Theatre in London.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme now at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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