A Green and Pleasant Land

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Monday, October 10, 2011

With William Blake’s famous words as a stepping-off point, we’re traversing the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles.

Comments [1]

Diane from NYC

Further to your comments of last night, October 14, you mentioned that some British folk music might sound familiar to Americans, especially Scottish and N. Ireland music.
Many years ago Masterpiece Theatre on PBS had a dramatization of a book called "A Scot's Quair" by Lewis Gibson. From time to time, in addition to Alaister Cook, they had a commentator explaining certain aspects of Scottish life. At some point, he mentioned that the melody from the second movement of the New World Symphony was originally from Scotland and was known as MacIntosh's Lament for a solo piper. I managed to find a CD that had that number, but I could never hear the melody. The only reason I remember all this is my mother ws a MacIntosh and her father was a piper and had toured with Sir Harry Lauder before the First World War.
I find your show to be very interesting and enlightening and tune in every night.

Oct. 15 2011 10:21 AM

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