The Early Music Show: Shakespeare’s Musick

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 2 November, 2013

The Early Music Show: Shakespeare's Musick

The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre (Photo: H M Cotterill)

Today in our monthly edition of the Early Music Show we present “The Musick of Shakespeare” – music written to accompany the Bard’s plays, settings of some of the Sonnets, and other pieces.

The music stems primarily from the Renaissance, as one might expect, but there are also Baroque contributions, as well as modern pieces written in earlier styles, and some modern orchestral and other pieces. You’ll hear a number of excellent contributions from Philip Pickett and the marvellous Musicians of the Globe, among many others.

The ZBS Radio Hour

MOMToday we begin a classic serial from our friends at ZBS Foundation: Moon Over Morocco — and instead of our usual pair of half‐hour episodes, we’re running full hour‐long episodes of this marvellous drama, with music and actuality recorded in Morocco itself. And we’re kicking the series off with a special programme on the making of the series. Tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacific Time — 6pm or 2am in the UK (a little earlier than usual in Britain because of the time change — back to normal next week).

Once in a far away land there existed a knowledge of natural magic that has been lost to modern man. Jack treks to Morocco, believing that in this country, where magic remains an integral part of daily life, he may find this knowledge. Jack discovers far more than he expected when he steps through the Gate of Peacocks, the entrance to that lost world. Jack has stepped out of modern day Morocco and into the realm where the knowledge of magic is a requisite survival skill.

The environments in Moon Over Morocco were recorded by author M. Fulton while traveling around that country. You’ll hear the Medina, the Casbah, the music of the snake charmers, the lonely call to prayer from the minaret of the mosque, the dogs of Tangier as the moon becomes full, the music of the desert tribes recorded in the Sahara and Berber music recorded at festivals in the Grand Atlas and Rif Mountains. Music is recorded by Paul Bowles.

Featuring Robert Lesser as Kasbah Kelly, Dave Adams as Mojo Sam and Taurean Blacque as the Storyteller Mustafa.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel. You can listen to the programme now at, 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:


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