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Louise Jameson and Joshua Richards are the readers in a sequence of poetry, prose and music celebrating the piano, as part of the BBC's piano season.

Piano Season on the BBC.

Louise Jameson and Joshua Richards with poetry, prose and music celebrating the piano.

The piano inspires a kaleidoscope of musical styles, but packs an emotional punch as well. Join actors Louise Jameson and Joshua Richards for poetry and prose that celebrates love, loss, nostalgia, grim determination and joy, all inspired by the piano. With music to match, of course.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 14 Oct 2012 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Claude Debussy

    Dr Gradus ad Parnassas from Children's Corner.

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa (piano)

    • BIS CD 1205.
  • Donald Justice

    The Pupil, read by Louise Jameson

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    Early in the morning I hear on your piano, read by Joshua Richards

  • 00:02

    Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Pianistes from Carnival of the Animals

    Performer: Jean-Philippe Collard, Michel Beroff (pianos) Performer: Le Trio a Cordes Francaix

    • EMI CDC 7475432.
  • Ogden Nash

    Piano Tuner, Untune me that Tune, read by Joshua Richards. Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Copyright © 1945. All Rights reserved.

  • 00:05

    Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell

    Excerpt from "Rachmaninov and Chopsticks" from "The Seven Year Itch".

    • Blue Moon BM 4102.
  • 00:07

    Euphemia Allen, arr. Liberace


    Performer: Liberace (piano) and orchestra

    • Columbia 4989522.
  • Billy Collins

    Piano Lessons, read by Louise Jameson

  • 00:11

    Richard Rodgers

    "It might as well be Spring"

    Performer: Andre Previn (piano)

    • Emarcy 06025 172 983-1 6.
  • D.H.Lawrence

    Piano, read by Joshua Richards.

  • 00:16

    Frank Bridge

    Come to me in my dreams

    Performer: Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Caroline Almonte (piano)

    • ABC 476 158 1.
  • John Updike

    Player Piano, read by Joshua Richards

  • 00:19

    Jelly Roll Morton

    Midnight Mama

    Performer: Piano Roll (Jelly Roll Morton)

    • Nonesuch 7559793632.
  • Randall Jarrell

    The Player Piano, read by Louise Jameson

  • 00:25

    Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in A minor op 34.2

    Performer: Zoltan Kocsis

    • Philips 412 890-2.
  • 00:31

    John Bull

    Chromatic Galliard

    Performer: Sophie Yates (virginals)

    • Chaconne CHAN 0699.
  • Shakespeare

    Sonnet 128, read by Joshua Richards.

  • Roy Helton

    In Passing, read by Louise Jameson

  • 00:35

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fur Elise

    Performer: Steven Osborne (piano)

    • Hyperion CDA 67879.
  • Robert Frost

    The Investment, read by Joshua Richards.

  • Siegfried Sassoon

    Concert Party (Egyptian Base Camp), read by Louise Jameson

  • 00:38

    Keith Nichols

    Till the sun comes shining through

    • KPM 358 CD.
  • 00:40

    Zo Elliot

    There's a long, long trail a-winding.

    Performer: Thomas Allen (baritone) Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    • Hyperion CDA67374.
  • Christopher Morley

    Hic Sudavit Sed Non Frustra, read by Joshua Richards.

  • 00:44

    Alan Livingston

    Excerpt from "Sparky's Magic Piano".

    • EMI CDEMS1466.
  • 00:46

    Frédéric Chopin

    Etude in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Opus 10 number 12

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    • DG 413 794-2.
  • Jane Austen

    Emma (excerpt from Chapter 10), read by Louise Jameson.

  • 00:49

    Franz Schubert - Deutsche D 972 (Excerpt from Dances 3 and 2)

    Performer: Alice Ader (piano)

  • 00:51

    John Field

    Excerpt from Rondo from Sonata no. 3 (H.8`3) (Op.1`3) in C minor,

    Performer: Míceál O'Rourke (piano)

    • CHAN 8787.
  • 00:52

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata for piano duet (K.19d) in C major, 3rd movement; Rondeau

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach and Justus Frantz (piano duet)

    • DG 435 0422.
  • Edward Clerihew Bentley

    Liszt, read by Louise Jameson

  • 00:56

    Franz Liszt

    Totentanz for piano and orchestra (S.126) (opening)

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman (piano) Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra Performer: Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

    • DG 477 9525.
  • Stuart Isacoff

    A Natural History of the Piano (excerpt), read by Joshua Richards.

  • 00:59


    Great Balls of Fire

    Performer: Jerry Lee Lewis

    • PCD 814.
  • 01:00

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Two-part inventions, no.13 BWV.784 in A min

    Performer: Glenn Gould (piano)

    • Sony Classical SMK 52596.
  • Rachel Cusk

    The Bradshaw Variations (excerpt), read by Joshua Richards.

  • 01:04

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata no 8 in C minor op 13 "Pathetique" – Adagio cantabile

    Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (piano)

    • Apex 8573 89225 2.
  • Linda Pastan

    Practicing, read by Louise Jameson

  • 01:09

    Scott Joplin

    Elite Syncopations

    Performer: Alexander Peskanov (piano)

    • Naxos 8.559114.


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