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I Contain Multitudes

Travis Alabanza and Rebecca Root read reflections on the fluidity of gender and sexuality, including personal accounts of the transgender and non-binary experience.

Ancient and contemporary reflections on the fluidity of gender and sexuality, including personal accounts of the transgender and non-binary experience. Stereotypes are challenged, identity is redefined, and the deities are feminised.

Travis Alabanza and Rebecca Root read poetry, prose and drama from the pens of Aaron Apps, Jo Clifford, James Joyce, Michael Field, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf. Featured composers include Bach, Beethoven, Berio, and Burial.

Produced by Jack Howson.

A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

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Sun 10 Feb 2019 17:30

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  • Walt Whitman

    Song of Myself, Part 51, read by Travis Alabanza

  • 00:02

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • The Two And Three Part Inventions (Inventions & Sinfonias).
    • Sony Classical.
  • Ovid translated by George Sandys

    Metamorphosis: Book 1, read by Rebecca Root and Travis Alabanza

  • 00:03

    Joseph Haydn

    The Creation - The Sixth Day - Aria : "In Native Worth And Honour Clad"

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • The Creation.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Lillian Vallee

    Ars Poetica?, read by Rebecca Root

  • 00:07

    Pauline Oliveros

    Poem Of Change

    Performer: Pauline Oliveros.
    • Lesbian American Composers.
    • Composers Recordings Inc..
  • Travis Alabanza

    The Sea, read by Travis Alabanza

  • 00:09

    Charles Ives

    The Unanswered Question

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • A Set Of Pieces.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Plato translated by Benjamin Jowett

    The Dialogues of Plato, read by Rebecca Root

  • 00:15

    Billy Tipton

    The Man I Love

    • Billy Tipton.
    • Calle Mayor ‎.
  • Mark Doty

    Tiara, read by Travis Alabanza

  • 00:21

    George Frideric Handel

    Ombra Mai Fu

    Performer: Cristián Gutiérrez. Performer: Natalia Cantillanco. Performer: Hernán Muñoz. Performer: Jaime Ibáñez. Performer: HR285. Performer: Fabián Esparza. Performer: Juan Cristóbal Meza. Music Arranger: Ignacio Pérez Marín. Music Arranger: Juan Cristóbal Meza. Singer: Daniela Vega.
    • A Fantastic Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Milan.
  • Aaron Apps

    Dear Herculine: A LETTER read by Travis Alabanza and Rebecca Root

  • 00:25

    Luciano Berio

    Thema (Homage to Joyce), for tape

    Performer: Cathy Berberian. Author: James Joyce.
    • Electronic Music.
    • Columbia.
  • BBC Radio Ulster

    Extract from Stories In Sound: Being Ellen

  • James Joyce

    Ulysses, read by Rebecca Root and Travis Alabanza

  • 00:28

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral": 4. Presto - Allegro assai

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Symphony No. 9.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Adrienne Rich

    The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven Understood At Last As a Sexual Message, Rebecca Root

  • 00:34

    Miley Cyrus

    Wrecking Ball [Male Version]

  • 00:35

    Linda Montano

    Portrait Of Sappho

    Performer: Linda Montano.
    • Lesbian American Composers.
    • Composers Recordings Inc..
  • Virginia Woolf

    Orlando, read by Travis Alabanza

  • 00:40

    Kathryn Williams

    Candy Says

    • Relations.
    • Caw Records.
  • Marsha P Johnson

    Soul, read by Travis Alabanza

  • 00:44

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Two-Part Invention In A Major, BWV 783 1.10

    Performer: Wendy Carlos.
    • The Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach Album.
    • CBS Masterworks.
  • William Shakespeare

    Sonnet 20: A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted, read by Rebecca Root

  • 00:46

    Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59, TrV 227 / Act 3: "Marie Theres'!" - "Hab mir's gelobt,

    Performer: Irmgard Seefried. Performer: Marianne Schech. Performer: Rita Streich. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Karl Böhm.
  • Michael Field

    LII, read by Travis Alabanza

  • 00:52

    Constant Lambert

    Tiresias - A Ballet In Three Acts (1950/1) - Scene 2 Dance Of The Shepherds And Shepherdesses: Piacevole

    Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
  • 00:55

    Alex Temple

    Behind The Wallpaper - II. Unnatural Woman (Live at Ecstatic Festival)

    Performer: Julia Holter. Ensemble: Spektral Quartet.
    • Live at Ecstatic Festival.
  • 00:57

    Antony and the Johnsons

    Future Feminism

    • Cut The World.
    • Rough Trade ‎.
  • 00:57

    Antony and the Johnsons

    For Today I Am A Boy (Live)

    • Turning.
    • Rough Trade ‎.
  • Jo Clifford

    The Gospel According To Jesus Queen Of Heaven, read by Rebecca Root

  • 01:03

    Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach

    Dies Irae: Pie Jesu

    Performer: Alessandro Moreschi.
    • The Last Castrato.
    • Opal.
  • 01:07

    Burial & Lana Wachowski

    Come Down To Us

    • Rival Dealer.
    • Hyperdub.
  • John Donne

    Batter my heart, three person'd God (Holy Sonnet 14), read by Rebecca Root

  • Walt Whitman

    Song of Myself, Part 51, read by Rebecca Root

  • 01:09

    Beverly Glenn-Copeland

    Ever New (Live at Le Guess Who? 2019)

    • Live at Le Guess Who? 2019.

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