Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Chris Riddell
With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Dowland Songs; Music in Time: Mannheim school; Artist of the Week: pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, featured playing his own compositions.
My favourite... Dowland Songs. Throughout the week Sarah dips into the songbooks of John Dowland, sharing a selection ranging from Fine knacks for ladies (which offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of an Elizabethan pedlar), to the melodious and romantic Come again sweet love from Dowland's First Book of Songs, which was published in 1597.
Take part in today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related object.
Sarah's guest this week is the illustrator, writer and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Chris has enjoyed critical acclaim for his illustrated books for children, which include the bestselling Ottoline books and The Emperor of Absurdia. He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice for his illustrations, in 2002 for Pirate Diary and in 2004 for Jonathan Swift's Gulliver and also won the Costa Children's Book Award for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse in 2013. Chris has worked with collaborators including Paul Stewart on the Muddle Earth, Edge Chronicles and Wyrmweald series and Neil Gaiman on The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and Fortunately the Milk. In addition to his children's books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. Chris will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Philip Glass, Debussy and Gorecki, and sketching along with Sarah in the studio, every day at 10am.
Music in Time: Classical
Sarah places Music in Time as she heads back to the Classical period to witness the influence of the Mannheim school on the next generation of classical composers, for instance with the Mannheim 'sigh', a musical device where the emphasis is placed on the first note of a two-note slur, creating a sighing effect.
Sarah's artist of the week is the Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Sarah shares his recordings of piano classics ranging from the fleeting images of Schumann's Waldszenen and Janacek's From an Overgrown Path to the highly-structured sonatas of Mozart and Haydn, as well as sampling his own composition: Etudes in all the minor keys.
Etude No.9 in F minor after Rossini
Etude No.10 in F sharp minor after Chopin
Marc-André Hamelin (piano).