The "Old" Hobbit Music for a BBC Radio Series

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The following is some details from the radio series of the Hobbit. David Cain wrote the music, and Munrow and his consort performed it.

I had contact with Cain a long time ago. He claimed that David Munrow nearly killed himself on a dish of curry!   RS

Music by David Cain/Ref source Discogs
David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London play music by David Cain
The Hobbit - Hajji Baba - The Jew of Malta - Much ado about nothing
The Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow, dir.
BBC records REC 91S [LP]


    David Cain: The Hobbit
  1. Opening And Bilbo's Theme
  2. Elves' Dances
  3. Bilbo's Lullaby
  4. Fanfare And Dance In Esgaroth

  5. James Morier (t) / David Cain (m): Hajji Baba
  6. Zeenab And Hajji
  7. Brigands' Song
  8. In Teheran
  9. Hajji's Dance
  10. Love Is No Rare Commodity
  11. I Weighed Thy Beauty
  12. King Hajji

  13. ----
    Christopher Marlowe (t) / David Cain (m): The Jew of Malta
  14. Opening
  15. Night On The Canal
  16. The Market
  17. Come Live With Me
  18. Bellimira's Revels
  19. The Monastery

  20. William Shakespeare (t) / David Cain (m): Much ado about nothing
  21. The Wars
  22. Beatrices' Theme
  23. The Woman Who Embraces
  24. Gigue
  25. Tafel-Musik
  26. Sigh No More Ladies
  27. Cinquepace
  28. Requiem For Hero
  29. Strike Up, Pipers

Playing time: ??' ??"
The Early Music Consort of London:
David Munrow (recorders, crumhorns, alto shawm, tenor shawm, chinese shawms, soprano gemshorn, bass racket, bass sordun, tenor dulcian, transverse flute, notch flute, rauschpfeiffe), Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord, harp, organ), Oliver Brookes (bass viol, violone, bass crumhorn), James Tyler (lute, cittern, treble viol, tenor viols), Michael Laird (cornetto, piccolo trumpet, D trumpet), Roger Brenner (alto sackbut, tenor sackbut), Barry Quinn (percussion), Eric Allen (percussion), Dennis Clift (trumpet), Dennis Nisbett (teble vol), James Bowman (counter-tenor), Martyn Hill (tenor)
David Munrow, dir.
Recording site and date:
BBC Radiophonic Studio, London, England [1971 or prior];
Rel.: 1971
This LP has been re-edited with other works by David Cain in a 5 CD set or cassettes box, see: BBC records ZBBC 1925
[1]-[4] BBC records ISBN 0-563-38999-0 [CDx5] J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit - Music by David Cain.
Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.):
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.):
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.):
From owned LP; originally identified by Jane Pattle, then content later kindly provided by Steven McCann. Information about the compilation from David Cain.
To FAQ references to this recording.
To FAQ CD index page.


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