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Tricksters

Texts and music on the theme of pranksters and manipulators, with readings by Katherine Parkinson and Jim Norton. With Shakespeare and Chaucer, plus Mozart, Kreisler and Strauss.

Tricksters and Hoaxers. Katherine Parkinson and Jim Norton side-step the banana skins and refuse the exploding cigars in a celebration of the devilish works of pathological pranksters and perennial manipulators including Robin Goodfellow, Brer Rabbit, Till Eulenspiegel, Renard the Fox and Scapino. Words come from Skakespeare, WS Gilbert, Ogden Nash and Chaucer, and music from Mozart, Mendelssohn, Kreisler and Strauss among others.

Producer: Lindsay Kemp.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Feb 2015 17:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Francis Baines

    Fanfare

    Performer: Performers uncredited

    • HMV 573877 2.
  • William Schwenk Gilbert

    The Practical Joker, read by Jim Norton

  • 00:02

    Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks) (excerpt)

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • Deutsche Grammophon 410 518 2.
  • Alan Garner

    How Robin Good-fellow went in the shape of a fiddler to a wedding, and of the sport that he had there, read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 00:07

    P.D.Q. Bach

    The Preachers of Crimetheus (finale) (excerpt)

    Performer: The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic, Walter Bruno (conductor)

    • Telarc CD80210.
  • ‘Ern Malley’ (James McAuley and Harold Stewart)

    Culture as Exhibit, read by Jim Norton

  • 00:11

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Dance of the Clowns (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn (conductor)

    • EMI 574 980 2.
  • William Shakespeare

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (extract), read by Katherine Parkinson and Jim Norton

  • 00:13

    Henry Purcell

    Scene of the Drunken Poet (The Fairy Queen)

    Performer: Richard Suart (bass), The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • Collins Classics 70132.
  • James Oppenheim

    As to being made a Fool of, read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 00:20

    Fritz Kreisler

    Tambourin 'in the style of Leclair'

    Performer: Oscar Shumsky (violin), William Wolfram (piano)

    • ASV CDALH971.
  • Angela Carter

    The Witches’ Piper, read by Jim Norton

  • 00:25

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn (conductor)

    • EMI 574 980 2.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (rendered into modern English by Nevill Coghill)

    The Nun’s Priest’s Tale (Canterbury Tales) (excerpt), read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 00:32

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ein musicalischer Spass (A Musical Joke) (finale)

    Performer: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • Deutsche Grammophon 419 783 2.
  • Horace Smith

    The Jester Condemned to Death, read by Jim Norton

  • 00:38

    Nacio Herb Brown & Adolph Green

    Make 'em laugh

    Performer: Donald O’Connor (singer), orchestra uncredited

    • MGM CDP7933002.
  • Ogden Nash

    If fun is fun, isn’t that enough?, read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 00:42

    Dudley Moore

    Little Miss Britten

    Performer: Dudley Moore (voice and piano)

    • EMI 793 962 2.
  • John Clare

    The Lout, read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 00:44

    John Lennon & Paul McCartney

    The Fool on the Hill

    Performer: The Beatles

    • Capitol 3824652.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    The Song of Hiawatha (excerpt), read by Jim Norton

  • 00:49

    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Hiawatha's Wedding Feast (excerpt)

    Performer: Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)

    • Decca 4734312.
  • Joel Chandler Harris, ‘retold’ by FH Pritchard

    How Brer Rabbit was too sharp for Brer Fox (excerpt), read by Jim Norton

  • 00:55

    Edvard Grieg

    Småtrold (Puck)

    Performer: Peter Jablonski (piano)

    • Decca 455 6312.
  • Alan Garner

    Under the Earth I go, read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 00:57

    William Walton

    Comedy Overture 'Scapino'

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn (conductor)

    • EMI 747 624 2..
  • Anonymous 16th-century German, translated by Carolyn Place

    How Till Eulenspiegel taught a jackass to read an old psalmbook in Erfurt, read by Katherine Parkinson

  • 01:08

    Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks) (excerpt)

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • Deutsche Grammophon 410 518 2.

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