Started by relm1, August 23, 2023, 06:09:38 AM
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Quote from: relm1 on September 08, 2023, 05:31:20 AMStill plugging away at this, here is an excerpt from the storm sequence from the fourth and next to last movement.https://clyp.it/o4t2n1q4
Quote from: Florestan on September 08, 2023, 05:54:00 AMWhat is it about?
Quote from: relm1 on September 09, 2023, 05:46:03 AMIt is a setting of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, for four soloists, two semi-choirs (SA and TB), full choir, and large orchestra.Synopsis:A weary, old mariner interrupts a guest at a wedding he stumbles past telling of his harrowing tale of a voyage to the Antarctic. Despite an initial storm, the ship reaches the icy realm, guided out by an albatross, hailed by the crew as a good omen. The mariner's shooting of the bird with a crossbow triggers a series of calamities, including plagues, starvation, thirst, and the appearance of ghostly figures. The crew forces the mariner to wear the dead albatross around his neck as a reminder of his misdeed. Visiting spirits torment the crew and gamble for their souls, leaving the mariner with eternal life and guilt, but the crew dead.In his solitude, the mariner grows to appreciate nature's harmony and beauty, and his blessing of sea creatures symbolizes his absolution as the albatross falls from his neck. Saved but cursed to wander the earth, the mariner shares his story, emphasizing a moral lesson to love all of God's creatures and live with all creatures in harmony.
Quote from: Florestan on September 09, 2023, 10:23:04 AMFinally! Finally! I've been looking / waiting for a musical setting of this poem ever since I've read it many, many, many moons ago. I will be greatly interested in hearing to the whole thing.
Quote from: relm1 on September 10, 2023, 05:55:47 AMI know, right?? It's a very musical poem with vivid imagery, a great subtext, lots of drama and mysticism. I'm very surprised it's not been set before.
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