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Roger Scruton, Sonic Journey, Sound House

Tom Service talks to Roger Scruton about his new book on Wagner's Ring Cycle, and takes a train through East Yorkshire with Gavin Bryars and Blake Morrison.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Roger Scruton: The Ring of Truth

    Duration: 16:00

  • Sonic Journeys: The Stopping Train

    Duration: 12:29

  • The Sound House

    Duration: 13:01

Roger Scruton: The Ring of Truth

Roger Scruton: The Ring of Truth

In his new book, The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, the philosopher and writer Roger Scruton brings together a lifetime of study to cast Wagner’s tetralogy as a quasi-sacred experience, with its themes of sacrifice, heroism, love and power revealing the hidden depths of the human condition. Tom Service talks to Scruton about Wagner’s philosophical influences, and asks how he addresses the criticisms often levelled against Wagner and his music. Photo: Roger Scruton © Sophie Scruton

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The Ring of Truth - The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

Opera North Ring Cycle Tour

Opera On 3

Photo: Roger Scruton © Sophie Scruton

Sonic Journeys: The Stopping Train

Sonic Journeys: The Stopping Train
The composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison have worked together for decades. Their latest collaboration is a sonic journey inspired by, and to be experienced on, the train route through East Yorkshire from Goole, where Bryars was born, along the rivers Ouse and Humber to the city of Hull. The Stopping Train, part of the Yorkshire Festival and Sound UK’s ongoing Sonic Journeys project, is a ride for the imagination which mingles the past and present of the East Yorkshire landscape. Tom joins Gavin and Blake on the train to experience the work. 

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Sonic Journeys: The Stopping Train

Photo: Blake Morrison (L) and Gavin Bryars © BBC

The Sound House

The Sound House

Inspired by the ground-breaking sound experiments of the 17th century scientist and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments have created Sound House. Combining instruments such as the Nickelharpa and Tromba Marina with 21st century electronics, Sound House is a performance project which fuses the musical world of the 16th and 17th centuries with recreations of Bacon’s sonic adventures. Tom meets the ensemble’s director Clare Salaman and the composer and sound artist Jon Nicholls at the Royal Society in London, which owes much to Francis Bacon’s pioneering work. 

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Sound House by the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

The Royal Society

Photo: Inside the Tromba Marina © Clare Slaman

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Roger Scruton
Interviewed Guest Clare Salaman

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