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The Body

The readings are all from poems, stories and research undertaken by New Generation Thinkers. The music ranges from Mahler to the Delta Rhythm Boys.

From the tattoos on Queequeg in Moby Dick to the schoolboys in Nicholas Nickleby, the diaries of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison to the experience of excavating an Iron Age tomb, medieval manuscripts to studies of the gut - today's programme reflects research into different aspects of the body undertaken by New Generation Thinkers.

As Radio 3 marks the fact that 100 early career academics have now come through the scheme run in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to turn research into radio - this episode features new non fiction writing by ten New Generation Thinkers read by the actors Deeivya Meir and Ewan Bailey with published authors Sarah Jackson, Sandeep Parmar, Preti Taneja and Peter Mackay reading their own poems and prose.

The musical pieces range from Mahler to the Delta Rhythm Boys via Scriabin and Missy Mazzoli.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

You can find a playlist of discussions, short documentaries and Essays featuring New Generation Thinkers on the Free Thinking programme website.

1 hour, 14 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 Apr 2022 17:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Steve Reich

    Clapping Music

    Performer: Steve Reich. Performer: Colin Currie.
    • Colin Currie Records CCR0003D.
    • Tr1.
  • Tiffany Watt-Smith

    Embodied Habits, Deeivya Meir

  • 00:02

    Dmitri Kabalevsky

    30 Children’s Pieces, Op. 27: No. 5 Cradle Song

    Performer: Carol Rosenberger.
    • Delos DE3230.
    • CD1 Tr7.
  • Peter Mackay

    The Leak (An t-Aoidean), Peter Mackay

  • 00:04

    Orlando Jacinto Garcia

    A Rising Tide

    Orchestra: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Jennifer Choi. Conductor: Orlando Jacinto Garcia.
    • Toccata Classics TOCC0435.
    • Tr1.
  • Diarmuid Hester

    Tattoos and Literature, Deeivya Meir

  • 00:07

    Christopher Gordon


    Performer: Christopher Gordon.
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • CD1 Tr2.
  • 00:09

    Úlfur Hansson

    Skin Continuum

    Performer: Nordic Affect.
    • Sono Luminus SLE-70008.
    • Tr6.
  • Preti Taneja

    from We That Are Young, Preti Taneja

  • 00:11

    The Delta Rhythm Boys

    Dry Bones

    • Tr.
  • Alun Withey

    The Quest for the Ideal Body, Ewan Bailey

  • 00:14

    The Delta Rhythm Boys

    Dry Bones

    • Tr.
  • Lisa Mullen

    The Feels, Deeivya Meir

  • 00:16

    Sergey Rachmaninov


    Performer: Clara Rockmore. Performer: Nadia Reisenberg.
    • Delos DE1014.
    • Tr1.
  • Lisa Mullen

    The Feels, Deeivya Meir

  • 00:20

    Ethel Smyth

    Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra (2nd mvt: Elegy)

    Performer: Thomas Albertus Imberger. Performer: Milena Viotti. Ensemble: Wiener Concert-Verein. Conductor: Doron Salomon.
  • Fern Riddell

    Emily Wilding Davison, Deeivya Meir

  • 00:28

    Sir George Benjamin

    Written on Skin

    Singer: Barbara Hannigan. Singer: Christopher Purves. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Sir George Benjamin.
    • Nimbus NI5885.
    • CD2 Tr4.
  • Sarah Jackson

    Bilateral, Sarah Jackson

  • 00:32

    Missy Mazzoli

    A Thousand Tongues

    Performer: Jennifer Koh. Performer: Missy Mazzoli.
  • 00:39

    Rachel Portman

    Nicholas Nickleby

    Performer: Rachel Portman.
    • Colosseum Music.
    • Tr1.
  • Clare Walker Gore

    Reading Disability, Ewan Bailey

  • 00:41

    Alexander Scriabin

    Prelude & Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9: No. 2, Nocturne

    Performer: Nicholas McCarthy.
    • Warner Classics.
    • Tr14.
  • Elsa Richardson

    The Gut, Deeivya Meir

  • 00:49

    Frank Martin

    Death and the Athlete

    Orchestra: ARMAB Orchestra. Conductor: Bastian Blomhert.
  • Sandeep Parmar

    from Faust: xx, Sandeep Parmar

  • 00:55

    Gustav Mahler

    Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz

    Performer: Charles Reid. Ensemble: Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Naxos 8.573536.
    • Tr4.
  • Emily Cock

    Historians and Bodies, Deeivya Meir

  • 01:02

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major II. Allegro molto

    Performer: Konstantin Scherbakov.
    • Steinway & Sons Steinway30149.
    • Tr5.
  • Hetta Howes

    Bloody Manuscript, Ewan Bailey

  • 01:04

    Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Good Friday Responsories: Tamquam ad latronem

    Performer: Stile Antico.
    • harmonia mundi 902272DI.
    • Tr8.
  • Seren Griffiths

    Absent Bodies, Deeivya Meir

  • 01:09

    Lori Laitman

    Living in the Body

    Singer: Maureen McKay. Performer: Gary Louie.


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