Music for Shakespeare 400


Today, April 23, marks the 400th anniver­sary of the pass­ing of William Shake­speare,  and thus today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we will be explor­ing the wide range of music writ­ten to accom­pa­ny or be a part of the Immor­tal Bard’s works. In addi­tion we will be link­ing up with Fan­ta­sy Faire Radio at 1:30pm Pacif­ic Time/21:30 in the UK to broad­cast the Faire­lands Play­ers’ new radio adap­ta­tion of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.

Over­all today, the musi­cal 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 the Musi­cians of the Globe — the mar­vel­lous recre­ation of the Globe The­atre in Lon­don.

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. You can also lis­ten via TuneIn.

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