djjd62
 
Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 12:39 pm
Jane Austen's Ipod

Jane Austen collected songs all her life but many of them have only just come to light, in manuscripts inherited by one of her descendants. Jazz singer Gwyneth Herbert performs Austen's favourite songs, with new piano and clarinet accompaniment by David Owen Norris. At Austen's house in Chawton, Hampshire, scholars and biographers discuss how they cast a new light on one of our best-loved writers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/images/episode/b00phzvj_512_288.jpg

This programme will be available to download from 4pm, 8th to 15th January as part of the Radio 4 Choice podcast.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r4choice/
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 06:18 pm
@djjd62,
Super cool! Thank you!!!
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 06:41 pm
@djjd62,
I bet she listens to Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers but doesn't like Death Cab for Cutie! Mad
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 06:41 pm
So, what were the songs?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 11:40 pm
@littlek,
I got the podcast from iTunes (BBC, Radio 4 Choice).

I wish they had a transcription of the radio broadcast/podcast or a list of the actual songs.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 07:29 am
@littlek,


from jane austen's world blog
http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/jane-austens-ipod-plays-her-music/

"BBC Radio 4, bless their souls, have put the recordings together with a spirited little commentary by David Owen Norris pondering on the music and Ms. Austen’s history along with Deirdre Le Fay (of Jane Austen Cookbook and multiple Austen biography fame; she reminds me irresistibly of Julia Child), pianist Samantha Curasca, and the lucky Austen inheritor himself, Richard Jenkins.

There are seven compositions featured in the broadcast, ranging from a suggestive little ditty about a maiden who sings all day and night to keep her lover playing his pipe (snort) to the toe-tapping “Bluebells of Scotland.” One song, written by Robbie Burns, Jane rewrote at the very end to make herself the song’s heroine: the original words, “the chains of his Jean” she changed to “the charms of his Jane.” Atta girl.

One charming piano piece, “Allegretto andantino,” is thought to be an original composition written by Ms. Austen herself. Others highlight Jane’s interest in show tunes and songs about the French Revolution, while still others " pages of nursery rhymes " demonstrate her devotion to her legion of young nieces and nephews."
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