Songs of Innocence and Experience
As a major new exhibition of William Blake’s work opens at the Tate Gallery, Verity Sharp shares music inspired by the visionary painter, printmaker and poet.
As a major new exhibition of William Blake's work opens at the Tate Gallery, Verity Sharp shares music inspired by the visionary painter, printmaker and poet.
The exhibition will be the largest survey of work by Blake in the UK for a generation, bringing together over 300 remarkable and rarely seen works. His work has been fertile ground for musicians through the 20th and 21st centuries, with Songs of Innocence and Experience in particular frequently set to music by the likes of Allen Ginsberg (in a recording featuring jazz musicians Don Cherry and Elvin Jones), and Jah Wobble. Jerusalem, too has made it beyond the church pews and sports stadia into the music of The Fall and, more recently, a Late Junction collaboration session with Ross Sutherland, Matthew Kaner and The Golden Age of Steam.
Produced by Chris Elcombe.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.
(Image courtesy of the Tate: 'Newton' by William Blake)