The Moon in all her silvery glory, with writers such as Wordsworth, composers such as Schubert and Schoenberg and the actors Patrick O'Kane and Fenellla Woolgar.
What would Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata sound like if it was played by the Moon? Tune in to this evening's edition of Words and Music and you can hear for yourself, thanks to a piece conceived by the sound artist Katie Paterson. Katie's piece, Earth-Moon-Earth, is part of a programme which celebrates the Moon - whether metaphorical green cheese or cruel, silvery goddess.
The Moon has always dazzled and puzzled us. Composers such as Beethoven, Chopin and Schoenberg and writers such as Larkin, Auden and Emily Dickinson have all fallen under her spell, and tonight's programme, featuring the actors Fenella Woolgar and Patrick O'Kane, is an invitation to succumb once more to her enchantment.
Producer: Zahid Warley
Nocturne - James Attlee
This Lunar Beauty - W.H. Auden
With how sad steps - Sir Philip Sidney
Sad Steps - Philip Larkin
I watched the Moon around the house - Emily Dickinson
Drinking Alone - Li Po (trans Arthur Waley)
The Moon and the Yew Tree - Sylvia Plath
Preface to Frankenstein -Mary Shelley
Strange fits of Passion - William Wordsworth
Autumn - T.E. Hulme
Moon Landing - W.H. Auden
Icaromenippus - Lucian (trans Thomas Francklin)
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
From 'Nocturne', read by Patrick OKane
From 'Nocturne', read by Fenella Woolgar and Patrick OKane
W. H. Auden
This Lunar Beauty, read by Patrick OKane
Sir Philip Sidney
With how sad steps, read by Fenella Woolgar
Sad Steps, read by Patrick OKane
I watched the Moon around the house, read by Fenella Woolgar
Li Po, translated by Arthur Waley
Drinking Alone, read by Patrick OKane
The Moon and the Yew Tree, read by Fenella Woolgar
Preface to Frankenstein, read by Fenella Woolgar
Strange fits of Passion, read by Fenella Woolgar
T. E. Hulme
Autumn, read by Patrick OKane
W. H. Auden
Moon Landing, read by Patrick OKane
Lucian, translated by Thomas Francklin
from Icaromenippus, read by Fenella Woolgar
Today she’s in a waxing gibbous phase; by Tuesday she’ll be full and refulgent; and about ten days after that she’ll be a waning crescent and hardly visible at all... I’m talking about the Moon, of course.
The attention we pay to her comes and goes in the same sort of way. When she’s really close to Earth – as she was at the start of this month - we’re astonished – hypnotised by her orange glamour. Most of the time though she’s no more than an icy chip chinking along in a flood of darkness, taken for granted if not wholly ignored.
The moon’s mutability is part of her allure and writers and composers, it seems, have always found it all too easy to give in to lunar enchantment. Take your pick – for Chopin her light was the perfect prompt to contemplation; for Beethoven she was as stealthy as a cat’s paw and as lithe; for Emily Dickinson she moves like a benevolent spectre; for Sylvia Plath she’s ominous and neurasthenic; and for the satirist, Lucian – she’s a goddess weary of men’s scrutiny and conjecture.
In this evening’s Words and Music the actors, Fenella Woolgar and Patrick O’Kane invite you to risk her further displeasure! And if you listen hard you may actually hear what she has to say as the sound artist, Katie Paterson, has found a way of capturing the moon’s voice.
Producer: Zahid Warley
You can find out more about Katie Paterson’s work and her sound installation Earth- Moon- Earth by visiting her website.""Added, go to My Music