Sound in Print

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All Classical Radio proudly presents Sound in Print, a special summer series that celebrates music and literature, and the corners where they intersect. Hosted by Coty Raven Morris, this new seasonal program explores the stories behind the music. From tales of mermaids by Hans Christian Andersen to poetry by Stéphane Mallarmé, and even stories from Greek mythology, folklore, Medieval legends, and more, hear excerpts by some of literature’s greatest authors and the music they inspired.

The production team behind Sound in Print includes Rebecca Richardson, Leb Borgerson, Jordan Lewis, John Pitman, and Suzanne Nance.

Join us every Sunday this summer, beginning July 7, 2024, at 12:00 PM PT. Listen at 89.9 FM in Portland or anywhere in the world via our website’s live player.


On Demand

Air date: July 14, 2024

Nature Ascending

Air date: July 7, 2024

Mermaids

Episode Description

Nature Ascending

Air date: July 14, 2024

The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan William’s sweeping romance for violin and orchestra, overflows with the joy and freedom of the natural world. Vaughan Williams was inspired by a poem of the same name by Victorian-era writer, George Meredith, a literary work in and of itself filled with musical language. This episode also includes Maurice Ravel’s Three Poems of Mallarmé, setting poetry by Symbolist writer Stéphane Mallarmé. In this piece, Ravel conceived of an unusual instrumental ensemble of flutes, clarinets, string quartet, and piano to accompany the sung text. Similarly inspired by the poetry of Mallarmé was Claude Debussy in his evocative symphonic poem, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Capturing the post-sleep monologue of a faun and his imagined sensual encounters in a forest, the listener is left wondering whether it was a dream after all. Lastly, we’ll experience Lili Boulanger’s sun-drenched Of a Spring Morning, one of the last works the composer wrote before her untimely death at the age of 24.

Mermaids

Air date: July 7, 2024

All Classical’s debut episode of Sound in Print will delve into one of literature’s most fascinating mythical creatures–mermaids. In Antonín Dvořák’s lyric fairytale, Rusalka, the title character falls in love with a human prince; however, as a water nymph, she cannot approach her beloved on land. In the stunning aria, “Song to the Moon,” Rusalka begs the moon to tell the prince her deepest desires. For his dark mermaid tale, Dvořák drew on several literary sources, including the novella Undine (1811) by Friedrich de la Motte-Fouqué, and the famous fairytale “The Little Mermaid” (1837) by Hans Christian Andersen. We’ll also hear Alexander Zemlinsky’s symphonic fantasy, The Mermaid, based on the same famous tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Zemlinsky tells Anderson’s story through a series of distinct motives, each depicting a scene or character—listen for the lyrical solo violin representing the Little Mermaid.


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Your Host
Coty Raven Morris

As much as I’ve always loved music, it wasn’t until I learned about the stories of composers’ lives that taught me how they really tick! As a contributing host to ICAN Radio and All Classical Radio, I can’t think of a more exciting and authentic way to expand my role as a radio storyteller than Sound in Print. In this program, together we’ll uncover the heart behind the art, and the spice behind the sound.

Through the powerful mediums music, spoken word, and connecting with listeners over the airwaves, I find my lifeline to building community. Sound in Print brings it all together for me, and I hope it will for this beautiful community of listeners, too.

Hear Coty’s program Sound In Print, Sundays at 12:00 PM PT at 89.9 FM in Portland, OR, or from anywhere in the world at allclassical.org.


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