If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.
DUKE ORSINO (Act I, Scene 1) from Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Today's At Water's Edge program features music for Twelfth Night, honoring the official end of the Christmas season, and with several nods to Shakespeare's play--a delightful work of mistaken identities, trickery, romance and happy endings.

1. Slaw - "Tricksters (Track 86)" - Snakes & Ladders - 2002 (1:18)
Experimental popular children's music for adults; a bizarre yet fascinating interactive construction with 100 tracks (one virtual) on one CD, each track linked to the appropriate square on the well-known Snakes & Ladders board game.
The game board represents the individual's psychic growth pattern, either climbing a ladder toward perfect mental balance or sliding down a snake's gullet toward the abyss of base animal instincts. The participants roll their dice, move their mice, and program their CD players to follow and support their halting progress as they slink rat-like through the ever-shifting topography of life's maze toward the smelly cheese of enlightenment.
Slaw's music is scientifically designed to provide listeners with a wholesome personal growth experience, and has been rigorously tested at solo slumber parties and dubious self-help retreats nationwide.
Slaw is Heather Perkins and Tim Walters.
The CD is available here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/slawmusic
2. Shamaniaq - "Romance of the Bean and the Pea—a 12th Night Tale" - Romance of the Bean and the Pea - 2013 (5:43)
Shamaniaq is Jonathan W. Mills, an author, composer, computer scientist and associate professor of Music Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington.
This piece, written specifically for this program (thank you, Jonathan!) is based on traditions of Twelfth Night, the last of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally, a fruitcake would be made with a bean and a pea in it. Whoever found them were declared the King and Queen of the Twelfth Night festival. This also has links to Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night, or What You Will," a merry romp of mistaken romance and rowdy trickery.
You can hear four toy pianos, a glockenspiel, Tibetan singing bowls and a string section mixing it all up as the composer captures the festivities from background to foreground using variations of a simple melody.
3. Robert Scott Thompson - "A Mid-Evening Invocation to the Muse (Ney SOLO)" - Twelfth Night - 2012 (2:57)
4. Robert Scott Thompson - "A Mid-Evening Invocation to the Muse" - Twelfth Night - 2012 (3:22)
First a solo evocation to entice the muse at sundown and the beginning of festivities. The second track is a fuller, more orchestrated, version.
5. Robert Scott Thompson - "Twelfth Night Epiphanies" - Twelfth Night - 2012 (4:46)
Celebrates the end of the season and the arrival of Epiphany - a time of merry-making and evolved play that begins at the time of sunset - we are reminded that the night precedes the day and we start each new day at the waning of the light.
6. Robert Scott Thompson - "What You Will" - Twelfth Night - 2012 (3:51)
Named in honor of William Shakespeare and his play.
Robert Scott Thompson (born 1959, California) is a composer of ambient, instrumental and electroacoustic music. He earned the B.Mus. degree from the University of Oregon and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego.