Episode #3231

"Music" of James Joyce

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Something old, something borrowed – finally with permission – and something new, all in response to James Joyce’s writings.  For this literary edition of New Sounds, we’ll hear the long-awaited, originally intended setting of James Joyce’s text from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy at the end of Ulysses.  Kate Bush's “The Sensual World” re-emerges as "Flower of the Mountain." 

This New Sounds also contains music from Chris Rael and his chamber musical “Araby,” where each song is based on a story in “Dubliners.”  John Cage also set texts by James Joyce.  Drawn from “Finnegan’s Wake,” we’ll hear the “Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs,” featuring mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian.  Also, there's an electronic response to James Joyce’s collection of poems, “Chamber Music,” from Martyn Bates, and other tributes from War Against Sleep and Ed Harcourt.  Plus, Syd Barrett’s response, and more.

PROGRAM #3231 Music of James Joyce (First aired on 7/28/11)    





Kate Bush

The Sensual World

Sensual World

Columbia CK-44164
Available at*, or iTunes

Kate Bush

Director’s Cut

Flower of the Mountain [5:14]

Noble & Brite /Fish People FPCD001
Available at, or iTunes

Chris Rael


The Dead [5:24]

Cathy Berberian, mezzo-sopranoBruno Canino, piano & cembalo

MagnifiCathy:  The Many Voices of Cathy Berberian

John Cage: The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs [2:27]

Wergo 60054

Chris Rael


Ivy Day in the Committee Room [2:10]

See above.

Martyn Bates

Chamber Music Vol 1

Strings in the Earth and Air [3:44]

Sub Rosa 81 OR
Download from

Barry Truax

Digital Soundscapes

Riverrun [3:00]

Cambridge Street Records CSR-CD 8701

Various Artists: War Against Sleep

Chamber Music - James Joyce (1907). 1-36.

II [3:48]

Fire Records  SPFIRECD110CD1, SPFIRECD110CD2 and double LP FIRELP110
Available at iTunes, &

Pascal Comelade (w/ Cici)


Approximative But Fair (James Joyce) [2:42]

DYS 05 Out of print.

Various Artists: Ed Harcourt

Chamber Music - James Joyce (1907). 1-36.

III [3:43]

See above.

Various Artists: Jessica Bailiff

Chamber Music - James Joyce (1907). 1-36.

IV (Kranky Records) [2:07]

See above.

Syd Barrett

Wouldn’t You Miss Me? – the Best of Syd Barrett

Golden Hair (James Joyce) [2:00]

Capitol/EMI Records 0724353232054

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Martyn Bates

Chamber Music Vol 1

Lean out of the Window, Goldenhair [5:09]
Twilight turns from Amethyst, excerpt [1:30]

See above.

Comments [1]

Chris Rael from New York

As usual, Mr. Schaeffer gathers the organic threads of current events for a thematically compelling show. Yes, upon the 70th anniversary of his death this year, Joyce's canon has entered the public domain. My chamber musical 'Araby', which re-tells the short stories of 'Dubliners' in one song each, was composed 5 years ago. If you like what John shared with you last night, come see us at LaMama for the NY International Fringe Festival! August 13-21, tix Thank you for giving your fine audience a preview, John!

Jul. 29 2011 10:01 AM

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