Music for Bloomsday

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 18 June, 2014

Monday, June 16, was Bloomsday: the anniversary of the day in 1904 when the events of Ulysses, the best‐known work by the Irish literary giant James Joyce, would have taken place in Dublin and environs.

The celebration — which these days includes a great many events in and around Dublin and elsewhere in the world — was originally established in 1954 on the 50th anniversary.

To celebrate, if belatedly, Bloomsday we’re presenting a programme of Irish music, traditional and modern; we will also be playing no less than three musical settings of some of James Joyce’s first published poetry:Chamber Music of 1907. You’ll hear the piano and tenor voice interpretations of Alfred and Marc Heller, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Marc Shapiro, and a complete series of settings of all 36 poems, by some of today’s top alternative artists. You may hear some surprises today.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .

This programme is also available in enhanced‐quality AAC. Tune in here:


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