A poem of your choice set to music..

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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Raphael » Sun May 02, 2010 6:30 pm

I see what you mean about Nick Drake Saturn after having listened to a couple on you tube-but you know I think his music would fit John Clare's poetry better than John Keats'. But yes To Autumn done by him would have been good!
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby moonflower » Wed May 19, 2010 4:01 am

Nick Drake is glorious, and would suit it well.
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Pjerrot » Tue May 25, 2010 1:27 am

I'm currently working on a piece in multiple movements for bassoon and piano inspired by some poems, including Keats's "Ode on Melancholy." I must be honest: I'm not fond of setting English text to music; I much prefer Latin.
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Raphael » Tue May 25, 2010 3:12 am

Pjerrot wrote:I'm currently working on a piece in multiple movements for bassoon and piano inspired by some poems, including Keats's "Ode on Melancholy." I must be honest: I'm not fond of setting English text to music; I much prefer Latin.


Oh sounds interesting! :D
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby chris » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:51 pm

nick drake would be perfect because he was a man born out of time. he had the feel of a much earlier period. funnily enough, according to his mother, he said william blake was the only english poet of any worth.
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby harvest » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:09 pm

^ really? wow.

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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby chris » Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:45 pm

i often associate vaughan-williams' music with keats as well. there is that melancholy to it. very beautiful.
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Raphael » Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:34 pm

chris wrote:i often associate vaughan-williams' music with Keats as well. there is that melancholy to it. very beautiful.


Yes- The Lark Ascending! Classic FM listeners voted it their favourite classical piece.
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Michael Emmanuel » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:52 am

Could the musician be oneself? If so, for I do somewhat like myself sometimes, then yes, I believe I have done pretty well with Ode on a Grecian Urn, La Belle Dame Sans Merci and now Ode to a Nightingale. My videos are homemade, so not the greatest. I truly hope that I have served the words, the sentiments and poetic ambiance of these great poems.

You can hear/watch them all here: http://www.youtube.com/michaelemmanuel

And thanks for the wonderful feedback I've gotten here in the past. :D
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Raphael » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:11 pm

I'm looking forward to hearing Ode To A Nightingale Michael. :D
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby BrokenLyre » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:15 pm

Thank You Michael. I love your heart and sensitivity to Keats's work. My understanding of Keats is filled out by your wonderful music - actually seems to make the text 3-Dimensional somehow. A pleasure!
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Re: A poem of your choice set to music..

Postby Michael Emmanuel » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:27 pm

Broken Lyre,

thank you so much. I am very encouraged by your words and thoughts.
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