Each week the programme examines some of the larger questions of life, taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through music, prose and poetry.
Programme details: Sunday 10 August 2008
The Puritan Gift
Today’s programme was presented by Mark Tully.
The readers were Emily Raymond, David Westhead and Frank Stirling.
Reading 1: ‘Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism’ from ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ by Max Weber. Translated by Talcott Parsons. Published by Routledge.
Reading 2: ‘The Pursuit of Pleasure: Port and Play’ From ‘Made in America’ by Bill Bryson. Published by Black Swan.
Reading 3: ‘Paradise Regained’ From ‘The Complete Shorter Poems’ by John Milton. Published by Longman.
Reading 4: Romantic Ethic’ from ‘The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism’ by Colin Campbell. Published by Blackwell.
Reading 5: ‘Solitary Thought’ From ‘Journey from Winter: Selected Poems’ by Valentine Ackland. Published by Carcanet.
Music 1: ‘The Mayflower’ from the original soundtrack to ‘Plymouth Adventure’ Composed by Miklos Rozsa. TSUNAMI TC10623
Music 2: ‘Zion’s Walls’ by Copland. From the album ‘Old American Songs.
Music 3: ‘Chester: Let Tyrants Shake Their Iron Rod’ by William Billings. From the album ‘Home Fo’ Thanksgiving’ HARMONIA MUNDI
Music 4: ‘Casey Jones’ by Pete Seeger. From the album ‘’if I Had A Hammer: Songs of Hope and Struggle’ SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS,
Music 5: ‘Flivver Ten Million (Dawn in Detroit)’ composed by Frederick Shepherd Converse. Performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, From the album ‘Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: Converse’ NAXOS 8559116.
Music 6: ‘1926… The Present – The Future…’ part of ‘America An Epic Rhapsody for Orchestra’ by Ernest Bloch. From the album ‘America, Con Grosso No. 1’ DELOS DE3135.