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Max Richter’s release of his 33-minute ballet “Exiles” has been out for a year, but I just discovered it. On it, is “filler” that includes a previously unreleased outtake from his ballet “Woolf Works,” inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Of note for readers of Woolf is the eight-minute piece “Flowers of Herself,” which  provides an orchestral soundtrack for the opening of Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway. It includes the tolling of Big Ben by tubular bells and provides the musical energy of a bustling street scene as we imagine Clarissa winding through the streets of London on her walk to “buy the flowers herself.”

According to BBC World Service, as “One of his most intricate and attractive orchestral pieces, “Flowers” receives an outstanding performance by the young musicians of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic led by Kristjan Järvi.

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Woolfians around the globe celebrated Dalloway Day last week, a day commemorating Clarissa Dalloway’s walk to “buy the flowers herself” in preparation for her party that evening.

The official date, as established in 2018 by both the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and the International Virginia Woolf Society, is the third Wednesday in June, which this year fell on June 15. But events celebrating Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway are not usually restricted to one day, and this year was no exception.

Here is a rundown of some of the events that took place this year, along with a few notable #DallowayDay tweets, some of which share interesting resources.

 

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Got time for a short broadcast with a Virginia Woolf connection? Yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 Short Works fits the bill and is available online.

“Dance of the Wild,” a story by Amanthi Harris, is set in contemporary Alpujarras in Spain. That’s where Gerald Brenan spent his summers and where Virginia Woolf visited him. The story focuses on a young woman who “sees” and “hears” Woolf talking to herself about creating Mrs. Dalloway.

They seem very real here, don’t they? – “Dance of the Wild”

The Woolf character’s words are based on Woolf’s diary and the manuscripts of the novel held in the British Library and the New York Public Library.

This news comes from the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. The 14-minute reading, which will be available online for more than one year, can be found on BBC Sounds.

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As part of Radio 4’s Modernism series, Sian Thomas reads Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925), set over one day in 1923.

You can listen to her reading, which began Jan. 24. Five episodes are now available at this link.

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Bernardine Evaristo

Imagine a different ending to Clarissa Dalloway’s party. That what Bernadine Evaristo did as part of Radio 3’s “The Essay,” which asked five leading writers to pick a novel they love and then write an original piece of fiction imagining what happened to the characters after the story ends.

Man Booker prize winner Evaristo picked Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway for her “Open Endings” podcast submission. She then imagined a different ending for Clarissa’s party.

How to listen

Her 14-minute podcast, “Bernardine Evaristo on Mrs. Dalloway,” first aired on Christmas Eve 2019. But if you missed it, you can still listen to it any of the following three ways:

  • Tune in to Radio 3’s “The Essay” on Aug. 3 at 10:45 p.m. (BST).
  • Listen now on the Radio 3 website.
  • Download the podcast for listening any time.

About the author

Evaristo is not new to radio. Her verse novel The Emperor’s Babe was adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play in 2013 and her novella Hello Mum was adapted as a BBC Radio 4 play in 2012. In 2015 she wrote and presented a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary called Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement.

 

 

 

 

 

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