Friday, January 08, 2010

"The Voyage of Life" (YOWZAH #7) January 8, 2010

This week I'm playing a show from the archives--"The Voyage of Life" from the WPNR YOWZAH! series originally broadcast August 8, 2007.

In "The Voyage of Life" I offered a musical tribute to the four-painting series "The Voyage of Life" completed by Thomas Cole in 1840. The first version of this series hangs in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, and is a moving allegory of the sweep of an individual's existence.

I programmed selections that refer to elements within the paintings, the ages they represent, and the theme of rivers generally. Each hour refers to a different painting and the "age" it represents. Most Uticans have seen the paintings and are familiar with them, but if you'd like to refresh your memory of them, you may do so at this link.

(The paintings reproduced in this link are the second set completed by Cole in 1842, which now hang in the National Gallery of Art.)

128k mp3 files of this program may be downloaded here: HOUR 1, HOUR 2, HOUR 3, and HOUR 4. A lower bitrate version of this program is posted HERE. It will also be available on my Live365 station.

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