#3746: "Songs of Experience": Music Inspired by Poetry of William Blake

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Hear musical settings of William Blake’s poetry for this New Sounds. Listen to Martha Redbone’s rootsy setting of “The Garden of Love” from her album of the same name – an entire collection of hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry of William Blake. Then, hear stunning choral music by Sir John Tavener, setting both “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” by Blake. Plus, there’s experimental big band jazz from bandleader and drummer John Hollenbeck with Theo Bleckman & Bigband Graz, as well as an avant-garde electronica setting of Blake's poetry by JacobTV, featuring Laura Vendetti.  Hear music by Patti Smith which incorporates “The Lamb,” and a deep cut by U2 with Brian Eno’s ambient production all over it. There’s also a progressive rock setting from Emerson Lake, & Palmer, and even some classic Tangerine Dream, just to hit as many kinds of musical as possible. 

Garden of Love

"I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen;
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And ‘Thou shalt not’ writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore.

And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tombstones where flowers should be;
And Priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars my joys & desires."

PROGRAM #3746 Settings of Poetry & Text By William Blake (First aired on 7/2/2015)  

ARTIST: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge | Richard Marlow, conductor | Philip Rushforth, organ
WORK: Sir Hubert Parry: Jerusalem [2:46]
RECORDING: Allegri: Miserere
SOURCE: Conifer 16851
INFO: Available via Arkivmusic arkivmusic.com, or download from Amazon.com, iTunes

ARTIST: Laura Vendetti
WORK: Jacob TV: The Garden of Love [7:17]
RECORDING: Electrosax
SOURCE: 4Tay CD4044
INFO: Available at Amazon.com & iTunes

ARTIST: John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Jazz Bigband Graz
WORK: The Garden of Love) [5:03]
RECORDING: Joys & Desires
SOURCE: Intuition #3862
INFO: intuition-music.com

ARTIST: Martha Redbone Roots Project
WORK: The Garden of Love [4:12]
RECORDING: The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake
SOURCE: Blackfeet Productions 93001
INFO: martharedbone.com

ARTIST: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Philips, conductor
WORK: Sir John Tavener: The Lamb [3:42]
RECORDING: Ikon of Light-Funeral Ikos – The Lamb
SOURCE: Gimell 404
INFO: Available via arkivmusic.com, or as an import via Amazon.com, or download from iTunes

ARTIST: Patti Smith
WORK: The Lamb/Boy Cried Wolf (Live, Paris 2001) [5:46]
RECORDING: Land (1975-2002)
SOURCE: BMG - #BVCA-27010/1
INFO: Available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: U2 (with Brian Eno)
WORK: Beautiful Ghost (Blake: Introduction to Songs of experience) [3:50]
RECORDING: The Joshua Tree (deluxe 20th Anniversary remastered edition)
SOURCE: Island - #1064
INFO: Available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Tangerine Dream ft Jocelyn Bernadette Smith
WORK: Smile, excerpt [1:00]
SOURCE:  Relativity - #88561-1055-2
INFO: Available as an import via Amazon.com or download from iTunes

ARTIST: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
WORK: John Tavener:Tyger [5:59]
RECORDING: John Tavener: Ikon of Light
SOURCE: Collins Records - #14052 or Coro #16015
INFO: Available at arkivmusic.com

ARTIST: Van Morrison
WORK: Let the Slave (w/ Blake: The Price of Experience) [5:23]
RECORDING: A Sense of Wonder
SOURCE: Polydor / Mercury - #5375452
INFO: Available at Amazon.com, iTunes

ARTIST: Emerson Lake & Palmer  
WORK: Jerusalem, excerpt [1:31]
RECORDING: Brain Salad Surgery
SOURCE: Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros. - #72459
INFO: Available at Amazon.com, iTunes and others.