Episode #2132

New Music From England

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

New music from the UK takes center stage on this edition of New Sounds. Joby Talbot is among the most dynamic young musicians on the UK new-music scene, composing music for television, running his own band and writing pieces for the concert hall. Among them is "The Dying Swan" a suite for piano trio written to accompany Yevgeny Bauer's early silent film of the same name. We also sample "15 Wild Decembers" by Geoff Smith, a compilation of songs using texts by 19th-century poets (including Shelley, Emily Brontë, and Keats), all of whose lives were cut tragically short either by illness or suicide. Music by the group Icebreaker rounds out the program.

PROGRAM # 2132, New Music From England (First aired on Wednesday, 3/12/03)





Jocelyn Pook

Private recording

Voice Games [2:30]

This recording not commercially available. More about her other works and CD info at

Joby Talbot

The Dying Swan

Similarities between diverse things... [7:30]

Black Box #1078
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Jocelyn Pook

Private recording

Linewalking [6:00]

See above.

Joby Talbot

The Dying Swan

String Quartet #1 [3:30]
Falling [6:00]
String Quartet #2 [4:30]

See above.

Geoff Smith

Fifteen Wild Decembers

Six Wings of Bliss [6:30]

Sony Classical #66505
Available for purchase at*


Rogues Gallery

J. Godfrey: Euthanasia and Garden Implements [11:00]

Felmay #7002 OR

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