Music for Bloomsday

Fri­day, 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, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

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

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