Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Night Is Music Night - Poetry into music

JD presents an unusual selection relating to W B Yeats:

One of the comments beneath the video says "it sounds musical" Not surprising because Yeats himself said the rhythm of the verse was so important and "it took me a devil of a lot of trouble to get this poem into verse and that is why I will not read it as if it were prose!"

His poems are indeed musical and that is why so many singers have set them to music, among them Van Morrison and Loreena McKennitt. The best results, in my view, have come from Mike Scott and here is a selection to fortify your soul:

Lastly, "The Stolen Child"::


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