Ezra Pound’s poetic voice of the 20th century was important in the development of poetry in the modernist movement. Connected to musicians, composers, and artists of the early 20th century, Pound also wrote musical compositions of his own. In Pound’s music, musical realizations of poetic form, rhythm, and pacing permeate throughout.
This album is based on Pound’s poetic and musical writings. It is divided into “tercets” or groups of three works that include a work by Pound, a stanza from Jesse Nathan’s poem “Personae,” and a contemporary work. My intention is for the recording to be one cohesive listening experience, allowing each piece to be a comment on the previous and a transition into the next.
Le Voile du Bonheur
Incidental Music to Le Voile du Bonheur was recorded by Ensemble Faure in 2016. It was a part of a Research Lecture given by Leslee Smucker at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Fantaisie en Spirale
Fantaisie en Spirale is a multimedia program for violin and piano and was inspired by French film, music, and art from the 1920s. Combining music by Caleb Burhans, Olivier Messiaen, Karol Szymanowski, Astor Piazzola and others with film by George Mileies, Rene Clair, and Marcel Duchamp the recital is a celebration of the unique spiral of life. Poetry by Lorca also guides this recital from beginning to end.
by Federico Garcia Lorca
My time advances in a spiral
The spiral limits my landscape,
leaves the past in shadows,
and makes me travel full of uncertainty.
O straight line! Pure lance without a horseman,
how my spiral path dreams of your light!
Association Philomuses, May 2015