Beating Time (5 October 2014)  21163


Samira Ahmed drums her fingers and explores waiting, measuring and keeping time. She talks to the conductor Charles Hazlewood about why holding an orchestra to the beat is like persuading a pony round the paddock and considers the impatience of Henri Bergson who understood the nature of time as he mixed himself a drink.

The programme includes readings from works by Virginia Woolf, RS Thomas and Rosa Luxemburg, with music by Chopin, Messiaen and Brian Eno.

The readers are Emily Joyce and Hazel Holder.

Producer: Natalie Steed
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played
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Frédéric Chopin

Waltz No.11 in G flat, Op.70 No.1
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Chopin: Favourite Piano Works. London.

Brian Eno


Ambient 1 Music For Airports. Editions EG.

György Ligeti

Pohme Symphonique for 100 Metronomes

Performer: Frangoise Terrioux.

Ligeti: Works for Barrel-Organ & Player Piano. Sony.

Olivier Messiaen

Quatuor pour la fin du temps: VIII. Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus

Performer: Olli Mustonen. Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Michael Collins.

Messiaen: Quatuor pour le fin du temps. DECCA.

Dave Brubeck

Unsquare Dance

Performer: The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Dave Brubeck, The Very Best. Columbia.

Jacques Brel

La Valse À Mille Temps

Performer: Jacques Brel.

Quinze ans d’amour – Best of Brel. Barclay.

Sarvar Sabri


Performer: Sarvar Sabri.

Masters Of Percussion. Arc Music.


Title: Insomnia Song, from Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems (anthology)
Author: Gregory Orr
Publisher: Columbia Press
ISBN: 023111544

Title: Extract from Creative Evolution; Chapter 1: The Evolution of Life, Mechanism and Teleology
Author: Henri Bergson (trans Arthur Mitchell)
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc
ISBN: 0486400360

Title: Extract from The Waves
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0586044523

Title: Extract from Letter to Sophie Liebknecht, Breslau, December 1917
Author: Rosa Luxemburg
Publisher: London: Independent Labour Party 1972. (Square One Pamphlets) (1972)

Title: Clockwork, from Communion used by permission of flipped eye publishing; Recording used by permission of The Poetry Archive
Author: Jacob Sam La Rose
Publisher: flipped eye publishing
ISBN: 1905233051

Title: Extract from, A Portion of the Journal Kept by Thomas Raikes, Esq.,
Author: Thomas Raikes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108045251

Title: Kneeling, from The Collected Poems
Author: R S Thomas
Publisher: Phoenix
ISBN: 0753811057


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