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Poetry Set to Music: “The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks,” by Patricia Lockwood

The text: The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks, by Patricia Lockwood [Source: Poetry (December 2013)] Music for mezzo-soprano and computer: Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano; Jason Charney, music/recording; Poem by Patricia Lockwood

Track of the Day: Poetry by Wisława Szymborska, “The Silence of Plants”

This is one of my (many) favorite poems by the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996.  I found this great reading of the poem out there on SoundCloud a while back.  

Track of the Day: Poetry by W. B. Yeats, “Who Goes With Fergus?”

A little while back I wrote a post on the Fleet Foxes Maida Vale session recording of “The Shrine / An Argument“.  I was thinking back on the little Yeats reference in the song, and that early Romantic and Irish folklore-inspired era of his poetry, so I thought I’d follow it up with this track… Read More ›

Field of tulips

Track of the Day: Sylvia Plath reads “Tulips”

Sylvia Plath reads her poem “Tulips,” in a rare BBC recording.

Track of the Day: Fleet Foxes, The Shrine/An Argument (BBC Maida Vale Session). Plus a few words on Yeats.

My favorite among the Fleet Foxes songs from the sessions recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios (actually, among any of their recordings).  This one has a transcendent quality; everything is still for a little while when it ends.  For me, anyway. I find myself charmed by the little inner reference to Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” it’s done sweetly and without… Read More ›

Richter plays Ravel, “Le Gibet.” Plus some thoughts on French Romantic poetry.

Sviatoslav Richter playing Maurice Ravel’s “Le Gibet,” the second of the suite of pieces for solo piano titled Gaspard de la Nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand.  Recorded live in Moscow, 1954. “Le gibet” is composed around a grisly subject: in the original poem, the dead occupant of the gibbet (gallows) is described in painstakingly lurid detail.  The poem seems to… Read More ›

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