The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

April 26, 2014

A translation by George Roe


Presented by Rhapsodize Audio

Omar Khayyam, a true polymath and one of the most celebrated icons of Persian culture, lived, according to the best scholastic estimate, from 1048 to 1131 of the Western Era. His many avocations included the composition of poetry, and about 1200 rubai or quatrains have been attributed to him. Of these about 500 are considered definitely to be the work of the master.
The rubai of Omar Khayyam became popular in the West largely through the efforts of Edward Fitzgerald, who published his first collection of quatrains translated into English, 75 in number, in 1859.  There have been many other English translations of great merit, but few have followed Fitzgerald's example in building a narrative stream into the translation. An interesting exception is the translation by the American George Roe, which was published in New York in 1910.
In this presentation the body of the poem has been divided, somewhat arbitrarily, into eleven sections, suggestive of the stages through which a spiritual aspirant might pass. As Roe's version ends rather abruptly with his presentation of the conversation among the pots, which is also magically described by Fitzgerald, the last six quatrains from Fitzgerald's Fifth Edition have been appended in a closing section to round off the narrative.
The readers are: Denis Daly, Cate Barratt, Rhonda Federman , Bob Gonzalez, Jason Mills, Jannie Meisberger, Winston Tharp, Carol Box and Alan Weyman.
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Songs of Experience

April 4, 2014
Songs of Experience

By
William Blake

Performed by
Jannie Meisberger

Music by Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons - Largo from Winter
Performed by John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players 

  1. Introduction
  2. Earth’s Answer
  3. The Clod and the Pebble
  4. Holy Thursday
  5. The Little Girl Lost
  6. The Little Girl Found
  7. The Chimney-Sweeper
  8. Nurse’s Song
  9. The Sick Rose
  10. The Fly
  11. The Angel
  12. The Tiger
  13. My Pretty Rose Tree
  14. Ah, Sunflower
  15. The Lily
  16. The Garden of Love
  17. The Little Vagabond
  18. London
  19. The Human Abstract
  20. Infant Sorrow
  21. A Poison Tree
  22. A Little Boy Lost
  23. A Little Girl Lost
  24. A Divine Image
  25. A Cradle Song
  26. The Schoolboy
  27. To Tirzah
  28. The Voice of the Ancient Bard
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Songs of Innocence

April 2, 2014

Songs of Innocence


By
William Blake

Performed by
Jannie Meisberger

Music by Tomaso Albinoni
Oboe Concerto, Opus  9 No 2



00 - Introduction  
01 - The Shepherd  
02 - The Echoing Green
03 - The Lamb  
04 - The Little Black Boy
05 - The Blossom
06 - The Chimney Sweeper
07 - The Little Boy Lost  
08 - The Little Boy Found
09 - Laughing Song
10 - A Cradle Song
11 - The Divine Image
12 - Holy Thursday
13 - Night  
14 - Spring  
15 - Nurse's Song
16 - Infant Joy  
17 - A Dream
18 - On Another's Sorrow




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