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Everything Is Music

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 April 2012

Scholar and priest Teresa Morgan examines why music is so often used to communicate the nature of our existence - from the Big Bang to the human genome. With readings from Oliver Sacks, C.S. Lewis and Milan Kundera and music from Beethoven, Olivier Messiaen and Aaron Copland.

Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

7 items
  • Image for Aaron Copland

    Aaron Copland In the Beginning

    Performer: Andrew Nethsingha: Gloucester Cathedral Choir

    In The Beginning - Choral Masterpieces Of The 1940's, AVIE Records, B001GQ8MRU, 10

  • Image for Jean-Féry Rebel

    Jean-Féry Rebel Les Éléments - Le Cahos

    Performer: Christopher Hogwood: Academy Of Ancient Music

    Rebel; Destouches: Les Eléments, L'Oiseau-Lyre, 001002702, 1

  • Image for Band Of The Scots Guards

    Band Of The Scots Guards Gathering of the Clans

    The Best Military Bands Album in the World...Ever!, EMI, 4744962, 14

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 In F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata" - 2. Andante Con Moto

    Performer: Paul Lewis

    Paul Lewis Plays Beethoven, Vol. 3, Harmonia Mundi, 901906, 4

  • Image for Nana Mouskouri

    Nana Mouskouri Lullaby - Suo-Gân

    Songs of the British Isles, Polygram, 8387372, 8

  • Image for Craig Pruess

    Craig Pruess Om Tara

    Sacred Chants Of Buddha, Heaven on Earth Productions, HOEM 12, 4

  • Image for Olivier Messiaen

    Olivier Messiaen Des canyons aux etoiles', movement 8: 'The resurrected and the song of the star Aldebaran'

    Performer: ASKO Ensemble

    Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles, Disques Montaigne, 782142, 1

  • Readings and Music

    Today’s programme was presented by Teresa Morgan

    The readers were Adjoa Andoh and Jonathan Keeble.

    The producer was Eleanor McDowall


    Book: The Magician’s Nephew
    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
    ISBN: 978-0006716839

    Book: The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes
    Author: Denis Noble
    Publisher: OUP Oxford
    ISBN: 978-0199228362

    Book: The Merchant of Venice, Act 5, Scene 1
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
    ISBN: 978-0199535859

    Book: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
    Author: Milan Kundera
    Publisher: Faber and Faber
    ISBN: 978-0571174379

    Book: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
    Author: Oliver W. Sacks
    Publisher: Picador
    ISBN: 978-0330523592

    Titile: The Spiritual Canticle, stanzas 14 and 15, 25-6
    Book: The Essential Writings: Selections from the Dark Night, the Spiritual Canticle, and the Living Flame of Love (Western Spiritual Classics)
    Author: St John of the Cross
    Publisher: HarperOne
    ISBN: 978-0060576486

    Book: Religio Medici
    Author: Thomas Browne
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN: 978-0521100762

    Title: The Habit of Perfection
    Book: The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse
    Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Publisher: OUP Oxford
    ISBN: 978-0199556311


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