The Tempest: Classics of the Sea

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 11 August, 2008

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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