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Amanda Vickery

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 March 2011

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London, where she lectures on British social, political and cultural history. She is the author of The Gentleman's Daughter (1998) and Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (2009), and writes and presents history documentaries for TV and radio, including A History of Private Life and Voices from the Old Bailey for BBC Radio 4, and the television series At Home with the Georgians for BBC2.

Many of her musical choices reflect aspects of everyday life in the 18th century - love and courtship as seen through the Northumbrian folksong O Waly, Waly and the duet Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute; the intimacy and religious discipline of the closet (a movement from a Bach solo cello suite); a great public event (Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, written to celebrate the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749; the contrast between women singers who were allowed to earn a living publicly (represented by an aria from Arne's 1762 opera Artaxerxes) and those who had to pursue their music-making only in the domestic sphere (a Clementi sonata for piano duet). There's also more recent music by Poulenc (Hommage a Edith Piaf), Miles Davis and Amy Winehouse, as well as The Housewife's Lament sung by Gwyneth Herbert (from A History of Private Life).

Part of Baroque Spring

First broadcast in October 2011.

Music Played

20 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Gigue (from the Cello Suite No 3 in C, BWV 1009)

    Performers: Anne Gastinel (cello)

    NAÏVE 5121

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen (from Die Zauberflöte, Act 1)

    Performers: Ruth Ziesack (Pamina), Michael Kraus (Papageno), Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti

    DECCA 433 210-2

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten O waly, waly

    Performers: David Daniels (counter tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

    VIRGIN 545525-2

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel La Réjouissance (from Music for the Royal Fireworks)

    Performers: English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner

    PHILIPS 464706-2

  • Image for Thomas Arne

    Thomas Arne The soldier tir'd of war's alarms (from Artaxerxes, Act 3)

    Performers: Catherine Bott (Mandane), The Parley of Instruments/Roy Goodman

    HYPERION CDA 67051/2

  • Image for Muzio Clementi

    Muzio Clementi Sonata for piano Duet, Op 6 No 1 (3rd movement, Presto)

    Performers: Genevieve Chinn and Allen Brings (piano duet)

    CENTAUR CRC 2046

  • Image for Anon

    Anon The Housewife's Lament

    Performers: Gwyneth Herbert (singer)

    Private recording used with permission

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Hommage à Edith Piaf (Improvisation No.15)

    Performers: Gabriel Tacchino (piano)

    EMI 762551-2

  • Image for Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Charlie Parker's Reboppers Blue in Green (from Kind of Blue)

    Performers: Mile Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

    COLUMBIA CK 64935

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Love is a losing game

    Performers: Amy Winehouse

    ISLAND 1713041

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Gigue (Cello Suite No.3 in C, BWV.1009)

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen (Die Zauberflote)

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten O Waly, waly

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel La Rejouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks)

  • Image for Thomas Arne

    Thomas Arne The Soldier Tir'd (Artaxerxes)

  • Image for Muzio Clementi

    Muzio Clementi Sonata for piano duet, Op.6 no.1 (3rd mvt: Presto)

  • Image for [anonymous]

    [anonymous] The Housewife's Lament

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Hommage a Edith Piaf (Improvisation no.15)

  • Image for Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Charlie Parker's Reboppers Blue in Green (Kind of Blue)

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Love is a Losing Game



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    Private Passions

    Guests from all walks of life discuss the music they love with Michael Berkeley.

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