Songs of Melancholy

For this edition of New Sounds, hear some pairings of words and music, with settings of poetry, songs of unrequited love, and melancholy. Hear from Robin Williamson, the Scottish founder of the Incredible String Band who sets poetry by Dylan Thomas to music, in "Poem On His Birthday," an epic piece based on one of Thomas's most astonishing late creations. Also, John Renbourn sings "The Snows," a somewhat cynical look at women, backed by his own guitar. Plus, listen to Donna McKevitt’s intimate settings of Derek Jarman’s words and images, in I Walk In This Garden. Rounding out the show is music by the group known as the Dowland Project, made up of ex-Hilliard Ensemble singer John Potter, jazz musicians John Surman and Barry Guy, along with Stephen Stubbs (chitarrone, baroque guitar),and Maya Homburger (baroque violin), re-interpreting songs by John Dowland.

PROGRAM #2299 Songs of Melancholy (Tues. 6-22-04)





John Dowland Project

In Darkness Let Me Dwell

Flow My Tears, excerpt [1:30]

ECM #1697** *

John Renbourn

Live, WNYC 5/26/00

The Snows [5:00]

Renbourn's discography is extensive. Many of his CDs are available domestically in stores, or online. Seven of his best CDs are on Shanachie Records, as are four CDs with Stefan Grossman.

Robin Williamson

The seed-at-zero

Poem On His Birthday [11:30]

ECM #1732** *

John Dowland Project

In Darkness Let me Dwell

Go Crystal Tears [8:00]

See above.

Donna McKevitt/Derek Jarman


I Walk In This Garden [5:00]

Instant Karma Ltd DHARMACD5, available through or

John Dowland Project

In Darkness Let Me Dwell

Come Heavy Sleep [4:30]

See above.

Ingram Marshall w/Paul Hillier

New Sounds Live, the New School for Social Research, April 1995

Sierran Songs, excerpt [7:00]

Not commercially available, although a similar piece called Hymnodic Delays appears on Marshall's CD Kingdom Come, Nonesuch #79613***

Crouch End Festival Chorus

Songs From Liquid Days: music of Philip Glass

There Are Some Men [3:00]

Silva #6023***



Prelude [2:00]

See above.

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