The Early Music Show: Shakespeare’s Musick

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 http://main.radioriel.org, 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: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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