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Free Thinking: Thomas More's Utopia

At Radio 3's Free Thinking weekend, Lucie Skeaping and Dr Joanne Paul discuss Thomas More's socio-political satire 'Utopia', with music from the period sung by The Ebor Singers.

Lucie Skeaping is in Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking weekend, which this year has the theme of "the one and the many". Lucie will be joined by current New Generation Thinker, Dr Joanne Paul of Sussex University to discuss the events and music which shaped More's thinking whilst he was writing his socio-political satire 'Utopia'. In the text, More presents an imagined society where the common good is privileged over the desires of the individual: a vision quite different to the powerful tyrants, strife-ridden politics, and religious turmoil of the Renaissance. Music plays an important role in Utopian society and this programme will explore the composers who influenced More, from Fayrfax to Josquin. Highlights of their music will be performed by The Ebor Singers - a York-based vocal ensemble acclaimed for their fresh insight and vibrant musicality.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Robert Fayrfax

    That was my woe

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Benedicite! What dreamed I?

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Somewhat musing

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • William Cornysh

    Hoyda, jolly ruttkin

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Sheryngham

    Ah, gentle Jesu

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Heinrich Isaac

    Anima mea

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Jean Mouton

    Ecce genuit

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Tribulatio et angustia

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Jean Mouton

    Dulces exuviae

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Fama malum

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • William Cornysh

    Ah, Robin

    Choir: The Ebor Consort.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trio in C major, H IV 1, 'London' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Jeanā€Pierre Rampal. Performer: Wolfgang Schulz. Performer: Gilbert Audin.
    • Haydn: London Trios: Rampal, Schulz, Audin.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 3.

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