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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 July 2012

St. Swithun's day is arguably the most British of all Saints days, associated as it is with one of the nations most popular topics of conversation: the weather. More specifically of course, it's associated with rain as the saint is most commonly prayed to in times of drought and tradition has it that, if it rains on St Swithun's day, it will rain solidly for the next forty days.

Mark Tully considers the emotional impact rain has upon us in a summer that has already seen its fair share of it. An edition of Something Understood to splash about in, with readings provided by Longfellow, Tagore and Langston Hughes and a range of evocative music from Chopin and Debussy to Ella Fitzgerald and the Portuguese Fado singer Mariza.

Why go out in the rain, when you can stay inside and listen to it on the radio?

The readers are Philip Franks and Grainne Keenan.

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

6 items
  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 'Raindrop'

    Performer: Claudio Arrau

    Chopin: 24 Preludes Op.28, Etc, Philips, 4266342

  • Image for Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher

    Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

    Performer: Ella Fitzgerald And The Ink Spots

    The Best Of The Ink Spots, Universal Muic, B003A70PXM

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Jardins Sous La Pluie

    Performer: Claudio Arraru

    Debussy: Preludes Book1, Images Book 1, Etc, Philips, 4203932

  • Image for Shivkumar Sharma

    Shivkumar Sharma Raga Mian Ki Malhar

    Performer: Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

    Raga Mian Ki Malhar, Navras Records, B001FSXSCI

  • Image for Jorge Fernando

    Jorge Fernando Chuva

    Performer: Mariza

    Mariza: Fado Em Mim, World Connection, 43028

  • Image for Ferde Grofé

    Ferde Grofé Grand Canyon

    Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra / Antal Dorati

    Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite, Decca, 4307122

  • Readings and Music

    Title: The Rainy Day
    Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Publisher: BiblioBazaar
    ISBN-10: 1141105764

    Title: In the Time of Silver Rain
    Author: Langston Hughes
    Publisher: Vintage Books
    ISBN-10: 0679764089

    Title: Walden
    Author: Henry David Thoreau
    Publisher: Oxford World’s Classics
    ISBN-10: 0199538069

    Title: The Rainy Day
    Author: Rabindranath Tagore
    Publisher: Harvard University Press
    ISBN-10: 0674057902

    Title: Still Falls the Rain
    Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
    Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
    ISBN-10: 0715635859


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