Bright Star song book

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Bright Star song book

Postby Cath » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:55 pm

I wasn't sure whether you'd all be interested in this, but then I thought "it's a Keats book, of course they'll be interested" :lol: .

A book of songs which basically sets some of Keats's poems to music will be published by Xlibris. Its author is Nicola Jane Buttigieg; the song cycle book will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble soon...

http://www.xlibrispublishing.co.uk/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=304950

There's a Facebook page for the book which shows a few sample pages:
https://www.facebook.com/BrightStarSongCycle
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Re: Bright Star song book

Postby Cybele » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:04 pm

Ha! So funny that you should mention it. I was just thinking about the Benjamin Britten work, Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments, Op. 60. (No, my memory is emphatically not that great. I just ran downstairs and rifled through our CDs to find it.)
The seventh poem used is "Sleep and Poetry." While I usually love Britten, I thought that the way the poem was set to music was a little too bouncey (I guess that's the word I'd use) and delicate, a bit simplistic. (That's just my opinion. I am open to others. Please, no flames! :lol: )

Here's a link to the Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocturne_(Britten)
Here's a link to the music, itself:
http://www.classicalarchives.com/work/41875.html
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Re: Bright Star song book

Postby Raphael » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:23 pm

OOOH Keatsian sheet music! Is it for piano?????
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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