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Merry Old England

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a fantastic tale that starts it all.

The score for this epic story was cobbled together from a couple of different sources. One of those sources was originally published in ten volumes totaling nearly ten thousand individual lines of verse. And most written while the author was blind! The composer wasn’t daunted by the task. And after its initial success and the libretto was recast in from its original language to the language of the composer’s home country.

Music Heard On This Episode

Arthur Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance: Overture
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner, cond. — Gilbert and Sullivan: Overtures (Philips, 1994)
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Arthur Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance: Overture
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Neville Marriner, cond. — Gilbert and Sullivan: Overtures (Philips, 1994)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Five Variations on "Rule Britannia"
John Ogdon, piano — Variations for Piano (EMI Classics, 2004)
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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
Boston Pops/Arthur Fielder, cond. — Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music (RCA, 1994)
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Thomas Arne: God Save the Queen
Royal Philharmonic — Magic of the Proms (K-Tel UK, 1997)
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Edward Elgar: Caractacus: Triumphal March
Royal Philharmonic Orchesta/Yehudi Meuhin, cond. — Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance Marches / Cockaigne Overture (Virgin Records Us, 1992)
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Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: "Thy Hand Belinda" and "When I am Laid in Earth"
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, sop/Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra/Nicholas McGegan, cond. — Purcell: Dido and Aeneas; Music for "The Gordian Knot Unty'd" (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1994)
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William Walton: Henry V Suite: Overture -The Globe Playhouse; Agincourt Song
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton, cond. — Belshazzar's Feast/Suite From Henry V/Crown Imperial (Coronation March) (Decca Record Company Ltd / PolyGram Record, 1995)
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Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me/A New Commandment
Robert Shaw Festival Singers — O Magnum Mysterium (Telarc, 2000)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: The Creation: Seize the Lyre
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Robert Shaw, cond. — The Creation (Telarc, 1992)
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Benjamin Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchesta
English Symphony Orchesta/William Boughton, cond. — The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Simple Symphony (Decca, 1990)
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George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
London Classical Players/Roger Norrington — Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (EMI Europe Generic, 1997)
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William Walond: Voluntary in G
Christopher Stembridge — Wondrous Machine: Early English Keyboard Music on the Organ of the Ospedaletto in Venice (Quillisma, 2001)
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Elton John: Made in England
Elton John — Made in England (Island, 1995)
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