Thursday 30 November 2006

New Directions

I was talking with friends about the premiere of my choral piece Ursi Carmina and it was generally agreed to have been a success, but what people commented on was the light-hearted nature of the text and the fact that they liked my response to it.

Typically I have difficulty writing non-trivial music to light-hearted English words (hence the use of Latin in Ursi Carmina) but think that this is something I should work on. So I've been down loading poems (not all light hearted) by people like Philip Larkin (that poem, the one with the f word), Dylan Thomas and Spike Milligan (!) with a view to trying settings. Not all will see the light of day, but you never know.


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  2. I was musing today that someone should put the words of Rainer Maria Rilke to music - I have sang in choirs for many years, and have thrilled to VW Sea Symphony, Carmina Burana (recently superbly done by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchester conducted by Marin Alsop) ... I digress. See the poem Words of the Angel - Annunciation by RMR on my blog
    Hope it is of some interest to you, or sets you on your own path.


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