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In My End Is My Beginning

Mark Tully takes the famous line from T S Eliot's poem East Coker as a starting point for an Easter programme about resurrection, time, change and moving on.

Mark Tully strikes a valedictory note as he introduces the last original edition of Something Understood. He takes as his theme T S Eliot’s line from Four Quartets - "In my end is my beginning".

This Easter programme weaves together ideas of death and resurrection, cycles of change and cyclical time and the pain and the joy of moving on into the unknown.

There are readings from Eliot, Vera Brittain, Simone Weil and Brendan Kennelly, with music including a Resurrexit by Berlioz, a salsa from Willie Colon and a medieval rondo by Marchaut.

Readers: Paterson Joseph, Emma Fielding and Frank Stirling
Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Frank Stirling

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4

28 minutes

Last on

Sun 21 Apr 2019 23:30


Title: Extract of East Coker from Four Quartets

Author:  T.S. Eliot

Found in Four Quartets

Published by Faber Poetry


Title: Letter to Maggie Lukens

Author: Simone Weil

Found in The Virago Book of Spirituality: Of Women and Angels

Published by Virago


Title: Extract from Meditations

Author: Marcus Aurelius

Translated by Martin Hammond

Published by Penguin


Title: Begin

Author: Brendan Kennelly

Found in Familiar Strangers: New & Selected Poems 1960-2004

Published by Bloodaxe Books (2004)


Title: St Pancras Station August 1915

Author: Vera Brittain


Title: The Christ Is Risen

Performer: Choir of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, Choir of the Moscow Ecclesiastical Academy

Composer: Alexander Kastalsky

Album: Russian Easter

Label: Melodia Track: 9

Title: Ma Fin Est Mon Commencement

Performer: Orlando Consort, Robert Harre-Jones

Composer: Guillaume de Machaut

Album: Machaut: Chansons

Label: DG Archiv Track: 13

Title: Turn! Turn! Turn! 

Performer: The Byrds

Album: Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds Ultimate Collection

Label: Columbia LegacyTrack: 5

Title: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132 iii. Molto Adagio; Andante

Performer: Penderecki String Quartet

Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven

Label: Marquis Classics Track: 3

Title: Todo Tiene Su Final  

Performer: Willie Colon

Album: Lo Mato

Label: FaniaTrack: 2

Title: Messe Solennelle: Ressurexit  

Performer: Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner

Composer: Hector Berlioz

Album: Berlioz: Messe Solennelle

Label: Philips Track: 9