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In Search of Bohemia

Irma Kurtz remembers her quest to find bohemia with a small 'b'. Her personal odyssey in search of a non-materialistic, art-focused society took her to America, Paris and London.

Irma Kurtz remembers her quest to find bohemia with a small 'b'.

The bohemians had a hunger for art, literature and changing the rules and Irma's personal odyssey in search of a non-materialistic and art-focused society took her from Greenwich Village in Manhattan to the Left Bank in Paris and finally to London's Soho.

She considers the historical background to bohemia and wonders if it exist today. If not, why not and are we the poorer without it?

To illustrate her journey, Irma draws on extracts from the work of Henri Murger, Dylan Thomas and Alan Ginsberg and the music of Claude Debussy, Giacomo Puccini and Juliet Greco.

The readers are Liza Sadovy and Col Farrell.

Producer: Ronni Davis
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Dec 2012 23:30

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Danse Bohemienne

    Performer: Livia Rev

    • Claude Debussy (1862 1918) Piano Works Vol.2.
    • Saga Classics.
    • SCD 9020.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    ACT II, Aria: Quando me'n vo'soletta per la via'(Museeta's Waltz Song)

    Performer: Hilde Güden, Rolando Panerai, Siegfried Rudolf Frese, Mirella Freni, Gianni Raimondi, Giuseppe Taddei, Ivo Vinco and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera

    • La Boheme.
    • RCA Red Seal.
    • 74321 57736 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    SYMPHONY 8 in F Major, Op.93, (1) Allegro Vivace con Brio

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink

    • Beethoven Symphonies No. 1-9.
    • iTunes.
    • N/A.
  • Juliette Gréco

    Je suis comme je suis

    Performer: Juliette Greco

    • Je suis comme je suis.
    • Phonogram.
    • B0000084KP.
  • Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Round Midnight

    Performer: Miles Davis

    • Round About Midnight.
    • Columbia.
    • 8869735442.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Bird on the Wire

    Performer: Leonard Cohen

    • Leonard Cohen: So Long, Marianne.
    • Columbia.
    • 460500 2.