The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by Lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.
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The Lyric Feature - WB Yeats: Words for Music Perhaps Part 1
In the hope of effecting a democratic, “magical revolution”, WB Yeats evolved a philosophy of chanting his verse. He also commissioned avant-garde composers Walter Morse Rummel and George Antheil to write music for his plays. What was the poets relationship with music?
Riverdance composer Bill Whelan and director Jim Flannery reconsider their 1990s Yeats season at the Abbey in light of the first ever recordings of Rummel’s and Edmond Dulac’s forgotten scores, performed by DIT Conservatory of Music. What was Yeats – said by many to be tone deaf - hearing in his inner ear?
Contributors include Ron Schuchard, Meg Harper, Donnacha Dennehy, Conor Linehan, Olwen Fouere, Harry White, and Declan Kiberd.
Musicians from DIT Conservatory of Music: Cliona Doris, Julie Maisel, David Scott, Arun Rao, Tom Doorley, Noel Eccles and sound recordist/editor Ben Rawlins. Kerry Houston Head of Academic studies. "Everlasting Voices" team: William Brooks, Nuala Hayes, and Paul Roe.
A Deirdre Mulrooney production for RTÉ lyric FM made with the support of the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.