Episode #3336

Poetry Set to Music, I

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song.  Sample from Redbone’s new album, “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry. 

Then there’s also a soaring collaboration between singer/songwriter David Karsten Daniels and the Richmond,VA-based post-jazz horn band Fight the Big Bull and their lovely adaptations of poetry by Henry David Thoreau. Plus, poetry by e.e. cummings, possibly Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson.  One of the most recent groups to set e.e. cummings to music is Tin Hat – and there’s a preview of their forthcoming record of these settings as well.

PROGRAM #3336, (First aired on 5/10/2012)                                                 





Alarm Will Sound  & Ossia

Steve Reich: Tehillim / The Desert Music


Steve Reich: The Desert Music, part one, excerpt (William Carlos Williams) [1:30]

Cantaloupe 21009

Martha Redbone Roots Project

The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake

A Dream (William Blake)[2:36]

Blackfeet Productions 93001

David Karsten Daniels & Fight the Big Bull

I Mean To Live Here Still

The Funeral Bell (Henry David Thoreau) [2:34]

Or download from

Martha Redbone Roots Project

The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake

The Garden of Love (William Blake)[4:12]

See above.

John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Jazz Bigband Graz

Joys & Desires

The Garden of Love (William Blake)[5:03]

Intuition #3862

Tin Hat

The Rain is a Handsome Animal

Little Eye (e.e. cummings) [3:51]

Rough Mix.  Not yet commercially available.

Donna McKevitt, Melanie Poppenheim 

Private tape

I Carry Your Heart (e.e. cummings) [2:35]

Not commercially available.

Susanne Abbeuhl


Skies May Be Blue, Yes (e.e. cummings) [7:46]

ECM #1766


Tore Brunborg/Kirsti Huke/Petter Vagan -

Scent of Soil

Necklaces (Emily Dickinson) [2:05]


Alarm Will Sound  & Ossia; Alan Pierson, cond.

Steve Reich: Tehillim / The Desert Music


Steve Reich: The Desert Music, part one (William Carlos Williams) [13:06]

Cantaloupe 21009


New Releases, January 2012 (special podcast)

John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs, downloads, LPs, cassettes (!), which came across his desk this past January 2012. Hear some music by Guy Klucevsek, from his "the Multiple Personality Reunion tour," along with something from guitarist and experimenter Dustin Wong.  Also, listen to fiddle music from Brittany Haas & Dan Trueman and something from bassist/composer Florent Ghys.  Plus, a work from composer Zack Browning, as played by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble.  And more.


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