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The Gloaming

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 December 2012

The writer and broadcaster Sarah Cuddon considers the inspirational and meditational qualities of the 'in-between moments' of twilight at the start and end of each day.

Sacred aspects of this time are explored alongside the work of artists and photographers who refer to it as the 'blue hour' and writers who have attempted to capture 'the gloaming'. With music inspired by twilight from, among others, Radiohead and Richard Strauss.

Produced by Alan Hall.
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Esbjörn Svensson Trio

    Esbjörn Svensson Trio Evening in Atlantis

    Seven Days of Falling, RCA, 57665, 4

  • Image for Fairport Convention

    Fairport Convention Who Knows Where the Time Goes

    Unhalfbricking, Sammel, IMCD 61, 6

  • Image for The Cabinet of Living Cinema

    The Cabinet of Living Cinema Rooftop Boat

    White Label

  • Image for Radiohead

    Radiohead The Gloaming

    Hail to the Thief, EMI Records, 584544, 8

  • Image for The Celtic Tenors

    The Celtic Tenors In the Gloaming

    The Celtic Tenors, EMI Classics, 5570482, 8

  • Image for Lau Nau

    Lau Nau Hämärän Hevoset

    Valohiukkanen, Fonal, FR 88, 4

  • Image for Geoffrey Oryema

    Geoffrey Oryema Passage at Dusk

    Night to Night, Real World Records, CDRW 58, 11

  • Image for Christian Thielemann / Renée Fleming

    Christian Thielemann / Renée Fleming Im Abendrot

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, Decca, 001185102, 4

  • Readings & Music

    Title: Gloaming
    Book: The Tree House
    Author: Kathleen Jamie
    Publisher: Picador
    ISBN: 0330433326

    Title: like a little bear twilight
    Book: Complete Poems: 1904 - 1962
    Author: ee cummings
    Publisher: WW Norton
    ISBN: 0871401525

    Title: The Blue Hour: City Sketches: Prologue – American Twilight
    Book: Goldberg Street: Short Plays and Monologues
    Author: David Mamet
    Publisher: Grove Press
    ISBN: 0802151043

    Book: Night and Day
    Author: Virginia Woolf
    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
    ISBN: 1840226803

    Title: The Birds
    Book: The Birds and Other Stories
    Author: Daphne Du Maurier
    Publisher: Virago
    ISBN: 1844080870

    Book: The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
    Author: Robert MacFarlane
    Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
    ISBN: 0241143810

    Book: The Passion
    Author: Jeanette Winterson
    Publisher: Vintage
    ISBN: 0099734419


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