The Isle Is Full Of Noises: Music for Shakespeare

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013

Today’s programme features a wide range of music, but around one common theme: the plays of William Shakespeare were the inspiration.

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again.

(Caliban — The Tempest)

The 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 Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe — the marvellous recreation of the Globe Theatre in London.

Zeeber Gold

Then please join us at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK) for this week’s edition of Zeeber Gold — interviews with the movers and shakers of the 60s and 70s, recorded at the time. This week it’s an interview with psychologist Julian Jaynes in two consecutive parts.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. 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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