THE POET SPEAKS: FROM DEBUSSY TO PÄRT
A Performing Installation with recorded voices
Pairing works from across two centuries, each musical composition and poem sheds a new light on one another. From seminal works by French poets Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire to John Cage’s personal love poem and Allen Ginsberg anti-war poem Wichita Vortex Sutra, composers including Debussy (1862–1918), Ravel (1875–1937), Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980) and Philip Glass (b. 1937) have responded in ways that reveal tributes, friendships, and artistic affinities.
A newly commissioned work by Zaffar Kunial (Faber Poet 2018 as “major new voices in poetry”) will be performed alongside Arvo Pärt’s (b. 1935) iconic Für Alina.
Debussy | Charles Baudelaire - Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (from Preludes Book 1)
Ravel | Aloysius Bertrand - Scarbo (from Gaspard de la Nuit)
John Cage | John Cage - Dream
John Cage | Ed Baker - 4’33”
Arvo Pärt | Zaffar Kunial (New Work) - Für Alina
Cheryl Frances-Hoad | Else Lasker-Schüler - Star Falling
Philip Glass | Allen Ginsberg - Wichita Vortex Sutra
City Concert Series. 1pm at College Building, City University of London, St John Street, EC1V 4PB.