Into the forest of life, death, decay and rebirth via music by Gibbons and Glazunov and texts by Plath, Padel and Humboldt, with readings by Anna Chancellor and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
From the forests of Olde England to the Tropics via good, evil and the affairs of the human heart, Anna Chancellor and Julian Rhind-Tutt read prose and poetry raised by the idea of Tanglewood Jungles
Producer: Jacqueline Smith
Scroll down the webpage for more information about the music used, and the Producer's Notes.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Prose: The Jungle read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Sir Philip Sidney
Poem: O Sweet Wood read by Anna Chancellor
Alice talks to a Gnat read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Poem: The Ant read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Poem: The Fly read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Poem: The Slug read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Poem: Crow Blacker Than Ever read by Anna Chancellor
poem: Archy the Cockroach read by Anna Chancellor
poem: Dark Wood, Dark Water read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
prose passage: The Lungs from Adventures in Human Being read by Anna Chancellor
Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis
prose passage The Lungs read by Anna Chancellor
prose extract: The Raven Tree from A History of Selbourne read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Rudyard Kipling poem extract: The Law of the Jungle from The Jungle Book read by Anna Chancellor
Poem extract: Lavender Light in a Leap Year read by Anna Chancellor
Poem: Tiger Drinking at a Forest Pool from The Soho Leopard by read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
by Alexander von Humboldt (Translators E C Otte and Henry G Booin)
Extract from Views of Nature read by Anna Chancellor
Traditional, Helen Waddell (translator)
poem: The Tribulus on the Wall from Lyrics the Chinese read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
poem: Hawk Roosting (from The Crow) read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
Poem: The Shrike read by Anna Chancellor
William Butler Yeats
Poem extracts: Vacillation read by Julian Rhind-Tutt and Anna Chancellor
Prose extract from The Jungle read by Anna Chancellor
Producer's Notes: Tanglewood Jungles
Anna Chancellor and Julian Rhind-Tutt read prose and poetry raised by the idea of Tanglewood Jungles.
Edward Said, the great Palestinian scholar and music lover, wrote of extraordinary compositions that were for themselves alone – Bach’s Canonic Variations on “Von Himmel hoch da komm’ich her” was a particular favourite. Such is the virtuosity of composer and musician that we are at the edge of what music can achieve. We can try and make it mean something, argue about interpretations, but in the end such music rebels against human attempts to categorise; its intransigence is its glory.
Thus, and so, with the great Tanglewood Jungles of Nature. They are within us and without us. We love and fear them. We worship and exploit. Our lungs are as full of air as leafy canopies, we seek solitary inspiration in a world teeming with other lives, we cannot see the wood for the trees and the trees are our shelter and our nightmares. But in the end the forest or jungle and its tangled-underworld is beyond metaphor, beyond human understanding, it is just itself.
Through the music of Bach and Gibbons and Glazunov and Stravinsky, Duke Ellington and Takemitsu, with the words of Philip Sidney, Sylvia Plath, Ogden Nash and Lewis Carroll, Gilbert White and Alexander von Humboldt, Ted Hughes and W B Yeats we have trees and leaves and hanging lichens, lianas and flowers and then we have tigers and insects and monsters and people, the living and the dead, decay and growth – hope and fear, joy and terror - many and simultaneous voices coming together in a heterodox polyphony of Words and Music.
Be not afraid; for as Philip Sidney wrote, there is no 'danger to thyself, if't be not in theyself’.
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