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Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Michael Emmanuel » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:14 am

HI everyone. Here's a link to new music for "Ode to a Nightingale". Thanks for the encouragement and lovely comments for my other songs (La Belle and Grecian Urn). Wish I could make better videos, but I hope the music serves (not severs) the poetry. My typing is bad-- especially in the dark! :roll:


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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Ennis » Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:48 pm

Michael Emmanuel wrote:HI everyone. Here's a link to new music for "Ode to a Nightingale". Thanks for the encouragement and lovely comments for my other songs (La Belle and Grecian Urn). Wish I could make better videos, but I hope the music serves (not severs) the poetry. My typing is bad-- especially in the dark! :roll:


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Oh, my sweet Mother Goddess, Michael, that was absolutely wonderful!! I believe Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale" to be the most perfect, the most hauntingly beautiful piece of literature written by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Everytime I experience it in any format it send chills down my spine; set against your music: I was moved to tears.

Keats feels, I'm sure, that you have done his ode justice.

Thank you for your love of the best.
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby BrokenLyre » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:52 pm

I agree.
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Cybele » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:42 pm

Hokey smokes, Michael Emmanuel! Thank you!
Very beautiful!
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Raphael » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:43 pm

It's lovely Michael- you have a real talent for bringing his poetry to life musically! I think he would approve and be very impressed.
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Michael Emmanuel » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:32 am

Raphael, Cybele, BrokenLyre, Ennis thanks so much for your kind comments.
I am humbled and inspired to "keep on keeping on".

Best wishes to all.
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Raphael » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:35 pm

Best wishes to you too Michael. :D
I have often thought that his poems had a lyrical quality to them and you bring this out so well. I hope you will put more of his poems to music- you have a real gift for it.

PS- If you ever had a trip to London I bet Keats House would love you to perform your music!
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Ennis » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:31 am

Raphael wrote:Best wishes to you too Michael. :D
I have often thought that his poems had a lyrical quality to them and you bring this out so well. I hope you will put more of his poems to music- you have a real gift for it.

PS- If you ever had a trip to London I bet Keats House would love you to perform your music!


Most excellent suggestion, Raphael!! Maybe Michael Emmanuel can arrange that performance for the summer of 2013!! Wouldn't that be too great . . . .!?
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Raphael » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:20 pm

It would be too good to be true Ennis!
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Ennis » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:34 pm

Raphael wrote:It would be too good to be true Ennis!


Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of . . . !
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Raphael » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:56 pm

There are always dreams Ennis....
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Ennis » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:05 pm

Raphael wrote:There are always dreams Ennis....


For sure, Raphael, and we all know what Will Shakespeare said of them!! But right now in my life, that's all I have!!
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Raphael » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:48 pm

Same here Ennis!
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Michael Emmanuel » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:48 pm

If I may ask...what is the importance of the Summer of 2013?
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Re: Music for Ode to a Nightingale

Postby Ennis » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:14 pm

Michael Emmanuel wrote:If I may ask...what is the importance of the Summer of 2013?


Michael Emmanuel,

Some of us Keatsians are planning to meet in Hampstead the summer of 2013 -- a sort of reunion, if you will, of a 21st century version of the Keats Circle. You are more than welcome to plan accordingly. We would love to have you there. Anyone who puts Keats's poetry to music is a true Keatsian!!
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