|a picture of Britain
||[Apr. 28th, 2007|09:22 am]
20th Century English Music
I turned on the TV this morning and UKTV History is showing the complete series of 'A Picture of Britain' - presented by David Dimbleby. In it he takes a journey through Britain that explores the beauty and contrasts of scenery that inspired artists, poets, writers and composers. There are six programmes which tour the whole of the UK.
'Tapping in to the love of landscapes that is a fundamental part of the British character, we follow Dimbleby in six programmes that take him around the country covering the North, South, East and West of Britain, the Heart of England and the Highlands and Glens. By exploring the artistic response to the landscape, A Picture of Britain contemplates subjects such as travel, nationhood and romantic yearning.'
This is an inspiring set of programmes because not only do you get a history of the UK through arts, but loads of footage of gorgeous English countryside, and beautiful music by English composers including Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Elgar, Britten, Delius etc.
If you miss out on the TV show it's available on DVD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Picture-Britain-Complete-BBC-TV/dp/B000B8TJBM, and there's a book as well .