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Derek Jarman's Garden

With music from Stravinsky and the Pet Shop Boys, and readings from Derek Jarman's journals, Olivia Laing and TS Eliot, conjuring up the spirit of Prospect Cottage in Dungeness.

Tilda Swinton and Samuel Barnett are the readers in an episode inspired by the saving of the beachside home of film-maker, painter and writer Derek Jarman following a crowd-funding campaign. Jarman (1942-1994) purchased Prospect Cottage on the shingle shore at Dungeness in 1986 following his diagnosis as being HIV positive and it formed the backdrop for his 1990 film The Garden. This was one of 11 feature films he directed including Caravaggio, The Tempest, The Last of England and Blue - which Radio 3 collaborated on with Channel 4 when that premiered in 1993.

Today's Words and Music brings you music referenced in Jarman's writing and films, from Stravinsky's the Rite of Spring to pop songs by the Pet Shop Boys and Annie Lennox which Jarman directed the videos for. Tilda Swinton reads words from Jarman's books Modern Nature, Chroma, and At Your Own Risk, a moving history of homosexuality in the UK, and Samuel Barnett reads poetry including John Donne's The Sun Rising which is inscribed on the wall of Prospect Cottage.

You can read a news story about the saving of Prospect Cottage and see images of it here

Producer: Nick Taylor

Modern Nature - Derek Jarman
At Your Own Risk - Derek Jarman
Chroma - Derek Jarman
Funny Weather: Derek Jarman’s Paradise - Olivia Laing
The Sun Rising - John Donne
Metamorphoses - Ovid (trans. Henry Thomas Riley)
Sonnet 126 - William Shakespeare
Conversations with Angels - John Dee
The Garden of Love - William Blake
The Hollow Men (extract) - T.S. Eliot
Remarks on Colour - Ludwig Wittgenstein (trans. Linda L. McAlister)
Ancient Arabic poem - At-Taliq (trans. A. R. Nykl)

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Brian Eno

    A Clearing

  • 00:03

    Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no.1 in C minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
  • 00:08

    Carlo Gesualdo

    Io parto, e non piu dissi

    Ensemble: Delitiæ Musicæ. Conductor: Marco Longhini.
  • 00:13

    Brian Eno

    Unfamiliar Wind

  • 00:14

    Geraldine Mucha

    Overture: The Tempest

    Orchestra: Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andreas Sebastian Weiser.
  • 00:19

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in B major, Op.87 no.11

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
  • 00:23

    Jean Sibelius

    Nocturne (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • 00:25

    Jean Sibelius

    Nocturne (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Performer: Brooks Smith. Music Arranger: Michael Press.
  • 00:29


    My Funny Valentine

  • 00:33

    Igor Stravinsky

    Sacrificial Dance (The Rite of Spring)

    Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yoel Levi.
  • 00:38

    Donna McKevitt

    I Sit Here Immobile (Translucence)

    Singer: Donna McKevitt. Singer: Michael Chance. Singer: Melanie Pappenheim. Singer: Kelly McCusker.
  • 00:40

    Suzi Pinns


  • 00:44

    Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto in D major, Op.9 no.12 (1st mvt: Allegro)

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • 00:47

    Pet Shop Boys

    It's A Sin

  • 00:52

    Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Romance, Op.36

    Performer: Christian Poltéra. Performer: Kathryn Stott.
  • 00:55

    Simon Fisher Turner

    Blue Gong

  • 00:57

    Billie Holiday

    Blue Moon

  • 01:00

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in A minor, BWV.1003 (1st mvt: Grave)

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova.
  • 01:02

    John Adams

    Shaker Loops

    Orchestra: London Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green.
  • 01:05

    Donna McKevitt

    Prelude (Translucence)

    Performer: Caroline Dale.
  • 01:09

    Annie Lennox

    Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye


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