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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2020, 11:57:36 AM »
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« Reply #41 on: November 10, 2020, 01:26:39 AM »
Many years ago I did the lighting to a play by Beckett. Called ‘Play’ which features three people in jars arguing. It was the biggest lighting nightmare I ever had. After the performance I had a young girl saying to her father, “But daddy, I didn’t understand it,” to which he replied, “Don’t worry, dear, neither did anyone else!”

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« Reply #42 on: November 10, 2020, 04:37:38 AM »
Many years ago I did the lighting to a play by Beckett. Called ‘Play’ which features three people in jars arguing. It was the biggest lighting nightmare I ever had. After the performance I had a young girl saying to her father, “But daddy, I didn’t understand it,” to which he replied, “Don’t worry, dear, neither did anyone else!”

He's always doing that sort of thing, Mahood is in a jar in The Unnameable.

The sound on the video of Play is almost music, it's almost set to music

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This is my favourite at the moment

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« Reply #43 on: November 10, 2020, 12:16:45 PM »
He's always doing that sort of thing, Mahood is in a jar in The Unnameable.

The sound on the video of Play is almost music, it's almost set to music

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This is my favourite at the moment

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Frankly though at times like this I prefer something else to Beckett. Something like Dad's Army!  ;D

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #44 on: November 10, 2020, 01:18:49 PM »
Frankly though at times like this I prefer something else to Beckett. Something like Dad's Army!  ;D

well much to my disappointment googling "dads army thomas beckett" comes up with nothing interesting at all.
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« Reply #45 on: December 03, 2020, 08:55:07 PM »
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Philip Glass, Prelude for Endgame (there’s a recording with Robert Black on the contrebass on Spotify.) It’s presence here is not a sign of the quality of the music,
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #46 on: December 16, 2020, 03:41:45 AM »
This is Samuel Beckett's text Ping



And this is Roger Reynold's Ping -- rather good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. It makes me wonder if there's a sort of California Beckett sound, this and things like Feldman's For Samuel Beckett. Ideas much appreciated.

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And this is Reynold's letter to Beckett about it -- Page 2 is in the same archive.

https://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb9660312s/zoom/0

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« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2020, 02:37:57 PM »


Thomas Wenk succeeds in expanding the piano by the addition of an antiquated technical apparatus: the cassette recorder. The piece Recordame (1999) was inspired by Samuel Beckett’s one-act play “Krapp’s Last Tape.“ Just as the protagonist’s monologue in Beckett is divided into two perspectives by the tape recording, so does the pianist in Recordame obtain a virtual dialogue partner, who at various times acts as supervisor, listener, and co-performer. Wenk treats the buttons of the recorder as an extension of the piano keyboard, by notating precise rhythms for them. Conversely, the clicks of the buttons find a sonic correspondence in certain prepared sounds in the piano. Along with tape noise, the recorder also contributes playback of previously played sounds, whereby the low-fidelity aspect becomes an increasingly prominent ingredient of the music; the clearly demarcated divide between live and recorded sound is thus ruptured.
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« Reply #48 on: December 31, 2020, 03:09:59 AM »
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Clov and Hamm by Michaël Levinas. I guess that Clov is the trombone and Hamm is the tuba.
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« Reply #49 on: December 31, 2020, 07:37:14 AM »
Samuel Beckett's Not I features a disembodied mouth

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Stefan Prins's Not I features a disembodied guitar. There is a sound processing desk between the guitar and the amp, which is controlled by a separate player

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #50 on: January 17, 2021, 08:31:38 AM »
Sam Sfirri's Beckett pieces are all inspired by a year long reading of Malone, Malloy and The Unnamable. Recorded on Another Timbre, example of the sort of thing here

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http://www.anothertimbre.com/page148.html


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« Reply #51 on: February 23, 2021, 02:08:06 PM »
Michael Edward Parsons’s Krapp Music is based in Krapp’s Last Tape. As everyone knows, in the play an old geezer called Krapp listens to a tape recording which he made a long time before, and comments on it. In Krapp Music the pianist similarly makes comments in piano sounds on a tape of piano music he made before. 

On this CD

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2021, 07:17:11 PM »
Michael Edward Parsons’s Krapp Music is based in Krapp’s Last Tape. As everyone knows, in the play an old geezer called Krapp listens to a tape recording which he made a long time before, and comments on it. In Krapp Music the pianist similarly makes comments in piano sounds on a tape of piano music he made before. 

On this CD



One of my favorite Beckett works. Would like to hear this, but the CD seems obscure and I don't see any clips or downloads available.

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« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2021, 01:45:36 AM »
One of my favorite Beckett works. Would like to hear this, but the CD seems obscure and I don't see any clips or downloads available.

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #54 on: March 28, 2021, 07:43:00 AM »
John Tilbury’s Beckett cycle

http://www.jtilbury.com/177-2/


I’m listening to Worstward Ho! now, very good deadpan narration and tasteful musical commentary, mostly piano. Catherine Laws paper on it here

https://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/156756/3/_18757405_Samuel_Beckett_Today_Aujourd_hui_Beckett_Music_Intermediality.pdf

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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #55 on: March 28, 2021, 07:04:27 PM »
Nice topic... Thanks everyone for the contributions !   :D

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For information, it's possible to listen this two short pieces by Stefano Gervasoni on his website :

Due poesie francesi di Beckett (1995)
https://www.stefanogervasoni.net/index.asp?page=catalogue&id=30

(from this album : https://www.discogs.com/fr/Stefano-Gervasoni-Ensemble-Contrechamps-Parola-Concerto-Pour-Alto-Due-Poesie-Francesi-DUngaretti-Due/release/14167580 )



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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #56 on: May 04, 2021, 08:40:20 AM »
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Philip Glass’s second string quartet is inspired by Beckett’s Company

http://timothyquigley.net/vcs/beckett-company.pdf
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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #57 on: May 22, 2021, 12:37:03 AM »
In a letter (April 6, 1960) to Donald McWhinnie of the BBC Radio Drama Company, Beckett explained his text How It Is as the product of a " 'man' lying panting in the mud and dark murmuring his 'life' as he hears it obscurely uttered by a voice inside him... The noise of his panting fills his ears and it is only when this abates that he can catch and murmur forth a fragment of what is being stated within... It is in the third part that occurs the so-called voice 'quaqua', its interiorisation and murmuring forth when the panting stops. That is to say the 'I' is from the outset in the third part and the first and second, though stated as heard in the present, already over."

This is the allusion of the title in Wieland Hoban's piece When the Panting Starts.


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Re: Samuel Beckett in Music.
« Reply #58 on: May 22, 2021, 09:25:41 AM »
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I have no idea what exactly the relation is between Beckett and Mesías Maiguashca in Reading Beckett, but I guess there is one. Seriously good music IMO. There's Hearing beckett too

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