Words And Music [Reading]

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01The Piano Player Does Not Do Requests20130630

A series of stories by novelist Chris Paling, in which the music plays as important a role as the words.

Episode 1: The Piano Player Does Not Do Requests.

Snow falls on the village pub. A stranger walks in and orders a whisky. Slowly, hesitantly, he tells his strange story to the landlord - a tale of a fortune being made and the woman he made it for.

Occasionally he breaks off to listen to the piano being played in the room next door. But will he ever know how important the music is to the story of his life?

Read by Philip Jackson

Music composed and performed by Cormac Dorrian

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

02My Old Man20130707

A series of stories by novelist Chris Paling, in which the music plays as important a role as the words.

Episode 2: My Old Man

Bee loves Brad but she's worried they're stuck in a rut. He seems to care more for his guitar than he does for her. When the skater boy next door shows an interest in her she begins to wonder if there's not a better world for her somewhere else.

But Brad has his own concerns - concerns about his health he can only voice in the darkness of his room when he plays his guitar. Soon, even that is not enough, and finally they have to face the fact it's more than music keeping them apart.

Read by Suranne Jones

Music composed and performed by Andrew Cresswell-Davis

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

03 LASTDarkness In Degrees20130714

A series of stories by novelist Chris Paling, in which the music plays as important a role as the words.

Episode 3: Darkness in Degrees

Explosions echo through the streets of Old Damascus but life must go on for the people of the city. Each day an architect goes dutifully to his office and his small team of workers. He loves his city and he loves his family - especially his daughter. Like him, she's a strong character. They clash. But they have a ritual. Every week she gives him a new piece of music. He listens to it and they discuss it and he comes to understand a little more about her.

When a car bomb explodes outside his office it robs him of his hearing - but has it also robbed him of his beloved daughter?

Read by Kayvan Novak

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.