Songs of the Sea

Today’s pro­gramme includes a vast gamut of songs and pieces of music about the sea, and water in gen­er­al, from Hen­ry Wood’s Fan­ta­sia on British Sea Songs, Arne’s Rule Bri­tan­nia and Debussy’s La Mer to Sandy Den­ny’s mag­nif­i­cent The Sea and Jen­nifer Cut­ting’s mov­ing Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Jour­ney, a Celtic-flavoured album which takes its cue from an aspect of Joseph Camp­bel­l’s descrip­tions of the Hero’s Jour­ney. There’s Han­del’s Water Music Suites, and a great deal more, such as Karl Jenk­in­s’s Imag­ined Oceans, which aren’t on the Earth at all.

Inter­wo­ven among the pieces is a selec­tion of tra­di­tion­al songs of the sea, sung in the tra­di­tion­al man­ner, from both British and North Amer­i­can mar­itime his­to­ry col­lec­tions. We hope you enjoy today’s voy­age. The pic­ture shows The Sail­ing Ship, Emma, by Samuel Wal­ters, from the Sud­ley House col­lec­tion in Liv­er­pool.

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium, and is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. For more about the work of the Con­sor­tium, please click here. You can lis­ten to today’s pro­gramme on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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