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Keeping Time

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 01 May 2011

The history of our clocks is practically as long as our history. Other creatures seem content to hear and obey their inner clocks but from the early days - perhaps when we saw how our shadows changed throughout the day - we wanted desperately to attempt a hold on time.

In 'Keeping Time' Irma Kurtz reflects on clocks, the connection of timepieces to navigation and the way in which we make punctuality a virtue.

The readers are Liza Sadovy and Jonathan Firth.

Presenter: Irma Kurtz

Producer: Ronni Davis
An Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

6 items
  • Image for François Couperin

    François Couperin Le Reveil Matin

    Ambroisie/Naive , B00270M0PO

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Introduction (L'Heure Espagnole)

    Deutche Grammophon, LC00173 / 423719-2

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald I Didn't Know What Time It Was

    The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Book, Verve, LC00383 / 825 024-2

  • Image for Weather Report

    Weather Report Dream Clock

    Night Passage, CBS, LC00149 / CDCBS 84597

  • Image for Carlos Gardel

    Carlos Gardel Volver

    The Best of Carlos Gardel, Blue Note Records, LC00133 / 23505

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash My Grandfather's Clock

    Track 23.

    The Fabulous Johnny Cash / Songs of Our Soil, Columbia, LC0162 / 494896 2

  • Readings

    READING 1: Poe, Edgar Allan: The Bells
    Published by Kessinger Publishing.
    ISBN-10: 0548468540

    READING 2: Dickens, Charles: A Christmas Carol, stave two, “The First of the Three Spirits. From The Christmas Books Vol.1.
    Published by Penguin.
    ISBN-10: 9780140430684

    READING 3: Simic, Charles: Watch Repair. From Charles Simic: Selected Early Poems.
    Published by: George Braziller
    ISBN-10: 9780807614839

    READING 4: Guinness, Bryan: The Clock.
    Published by Dolmen Press.
    ISBN-10: 0851052118

    READING 5: Sobel, Dava: Longitude
    Published by Fourth Estate.
    ISBN-13: 1857023717

    READING 6: Sandburg, Carl: The Junk Man. Available at: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/carlsandburg/12733


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