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Charles Dickens - Words and Music

Charles Dickens - Words and Music

Readings by Prunella Scales and Sam West, with music played on Victorian musical boxes and cylinder pianos.

This programme of readings, alternating with mechanical music of Dickens's time, contains extracts from Oliver Twist (1839), David Copperfield (1850), Little Dorrit (1857), and the climax of the programme, three marvellous scenes from Great Expectations (1861).

The programme reveals the diversity of Dickens, and fully confirms his own immodest claim to be 'the inimitable'.

Track Listing
  • Reading: Pip and Magwithc at the chuchyard
    from Great Expectations
  • Music: Little Old Mill
    Tremolo Street Piano
  • Reading: Pip meets Miss Havisham
    from Great Expectations
  • Music: Frou-Frou At Supper Song
    Polyphon Music Box
  • Reading: The return for Magwitch
    from Great Expectations
  • Music: Now Is The Hour
    Tremolo Street Piano
  • Reading: 'A pleasant conversation between Mr Bumble and a Lady'
    from Oliver Twist
  • Music: Unidentified Tune
    Cylider Piano
  • Reading: The Pursuit and Escape
    from Oliver Twist
  • Music: Unidentified Tune
    Madoline Street Piano
  • Reading: 'Her Father goes to Prison'
    from Little Dorrit
  • Music: The Last Rose of Summer
    Cylinder Music Box
  • Reading: David and the Waiter
    from David Copperfield
  • Music: Unidentified Tune
    Cylinder Piano
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