The Tempest: Classics of the Sea

Today’s pro­gramme in our SL Shake­speare Sum­mer week around the theme of The Tem­pest is enti­tled ‘Clas­sics of the Sea’, but in truth, while there are plen­ty of pieces here which are quite def­i­nite­ly both clas­si­cal and about the sea and ships – Hen­ry Wood’s Fan­ta­sia on British Sea Songs, Arne’s Rule Bri­tan­nia and Debussy’s La Mer spring to mind imme­di­ate­ly, as do Stan­ford’s orches­tral songs – there are some com­po­si­tions in today’s pro­gramme which are either one thing or the oth­er, but pos­si­bly not both.

A case in point is Jen­nifer Cut­ting’s mag­nif­i­cent and 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. Per­haps it will become a clas­sic in time. Oth­ers, per­haps, are Han­del’s Water Music Suites, which while def­i­nite­ly clas­sics, and cer­tain­ly about water, are not exact­ly sea­wor­thy.

Inter­wo­ven among the clas­si­cal 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.

SL Shake­speare Sum­mer is a project of Radio Riel, Riel Events and the Cale­don Library, and is made pos­si­ble by fund­ing from the Foun­da­tion for Rich Con­tent. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin.

You can lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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