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Dawn (part two)

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Millions of Hindus start their day by greeting the sun with a Yoga practice known as Surya Namaskar. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims start their day at dawn.

In Japan Shinto believers bow before the rising sun and clap to get the sun goddess' attention, so that she will dispel evil. St. Benedict, the father of Western Christian Monasticism, ordained that monks should say the office of Matins. Yet not all of us are good in the morning. Notwithstanding it is difficult to ignore the mystical resonance of the sunrise.

With the help of Henry David Thoreau, Vachel Lindsay and Brendan Kennelly and with music from Carl Nielsen, Bruce Cockburn and Ortolino Respighi, Mark Tully explores the psychological and spiritual significance of this particular time of day.

The readers are Hattie Morahan and Dan Stevens.

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

READINGS
Title: Extract from Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep
Author: Stanley Coren
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN-10: 0684823047

Title: Extract from Walden (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN-10: 0199538069

Title: Extract from From Five to Nine: Daily Life in a Modern Benedictine Monastery
Author: Bruno McAndrew
Publisher: Grail Publications
ISBN-10: Published 1953, no ISBN available

Title: 'Every Voice' from Singing in the Streets: Poems for Christmas
Author: Leonard Clark
Publisher: Dobson Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 0234776358

Title: 'The Day Breaks' from Beneath the Wide Wide Heaven: Poetry for the Environment
Author: Anonymous in Eds. Sara Dunn and Alan Scholefield
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
ISBN-10: 1853813044

Title: 'The Sun Says His Prayers' from The Congo and Other Poems
Author: Vachel Lindsay
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN-10: 0486272729

Title: 'Begin' from Familiar Strangers: New and Selected Poems 1960-2004
Author: Brendan Kennelly
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 1852246634

MUSIC PLAYED
Hannikainen, Pekka Juhani — Pyhäaamun Rauha/The Peace of Sunday Morning
Performer: Tapiola Choir, Matti Vainio, organ, Sinikka Kontio (Järvinen), kantele Matti Kontio, kantele
Maan korvessa kulkevi lapsosen tie - Sacred Songs, Ondine, ODE 902-2
Respighi, Ottorino — III. I pini del gianicolo. lento
Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa Limited Edition, Deutsche Grammophon (PolyGram), 431 259-2
Words: Keble, John; Tune: Melcombe, Kedron — New Every Morning Is the Love (Hymn No. 238)
Performer: The Choir of Sheffield Cathedral with Peter Heginbotham (organ)
The Complete New English Hymnal Vol. 13, Priory Records, PRCD-713
Bruce Cockburn — Sunrise on the Mississippi
Performer: Cockburn, Bruce
Dart to the Heart, Columbia, CK53831
Rattan Mohan Sharma — Surya Namaskar
Composer: Trad
Sacred Hindu Chants, Times Music, B0013K8KA8 (ASIN)
Nielsen, Carl — Helios Ouverture Op.17
Performer: The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Nielsen: Orchestral Works, Chandos Records, CHAN 9287

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016kgmb

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