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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 July 2010

Melissa Viney draws upon her own experience of aloneness to reflect upon different states of solitude.

Including extracts from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Sara Maitland and Virginia Woolf, music by Emiliana Torrini, Ry Cooder and JS Bach and interviews with the artist Helaine Blumenfeld and former journalist and hostage Anthony Grey.

Producer: Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Music

    Music 1 – Nothing Brings Me Down
    Emiliana Torrini
    CD: Fisherman’s Woman
    Rough Trade RTRADCD185, Tr. 1

    Music 2 – In My Room
    The Beach Boys
    CD: The Beach Boys – Classics as Selected by Brian Wilson
    Capitol 5400872, Tr. 5

    Music 3 – Cooder: Paris, Texas
    CD: Paris, Texas OST
    Warner 9252702, Tr. 1

    Music 4 – Bach: ‘Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major’
    Yo Yo Ma
    CD: Bach
    Sony Classical S2K63203, CD 1, Tr. 1

    Music 5 – Kariandrou: ‘Young Man’s Theme’
    CD: The Weeping Meadow
    ECM 9813327, Tr. 6

    Music 6 – Solitude
    Billie Holiday
    CD: Greatest Hits
    Columbia CK65757, Tr. 9

    Music 7 – Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61. Larghetto
    Nathan Milstein (violin), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    EMI CDM5675832, Tr. 2

  • Readings

    Reading 1 – Henry Thoreau: Walden
    Pub. Dover Publications

    Reading 2 – Sara Maitland: A Book of Silence
    Pub. Granta

    Reading 3– ‘Guiges’ Prais of Life in Solitude’
    Statute Book of Carthusian Monks

    Reading 4 – Elizabeth Jennings: ‘As the Rooks Are’
    Collected Poems
    Pub. Carcanet

    Reading 5 – Virginia Woolf: ‘On Being Ill’
    Pub. Paris Press

  • Interviews

    Interview 1 – Helaine Blumenfeld

    Interview 2 – Anthony Grey


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