A Miscellany of Poetry with Music
Devised and presented by James Fergusson
To evoke a picture of the Elysian landscape imagined by the Augustan poets and their successors is the aim of ' Georgian Summer ', which is a miscellany of eighteenth-century poetry with music. This programme will conjure up the pastoral scene which these poets loved to depict-a background of trees, flocks, and herds, with shepherds and shepherdesses in the middle distance, and in the foreground a purling brook and a pair of lovers.
A few famous writers such as Pope, Burns, Gray, and Goldsmith, have been called upon for contributions, but other author less familiar have not been overlooked.
The verse to be heard in this programme is chosen in equal proportions from English and Scottish writers over a period of about eighty years, and is accompanied by music taken from an early string quartet of Haydn.