Regarding Derek Walcott’s interview I mentioned yesterday, I was able to email myself quotes from it. Using them, I started a google doc of notes about him and Omeros. I do this from time to time: make a doc with my reading notes, often with books I do not own. But Omeros affected me so much. I realized that I missed some erudite allusions, not to mention, the subtleties of Walcott’s form. In the absence of a good reference book about the work I can use the interweb to nail down some of these allusions.
Yesterday morning laying in the morning dark I read the poem, Sea Grapes, by Walcott (also the name of his 1976 volume of poetry).
BY DEREK WALCOTT
That sail which leans on light,tired of islands,a schooner beating up the Caribbeanfor home, could be Odysseus,home-bound on the Aegean;that father and husband’slonging, under gnarled sour grapes, islike the adulterer hearing Nausicaa’s namein every gull’s outcry.This brings nobody peace. The ancient warbetween obsession and responsibilitywill never finish and has been the samefor the sea-wanderer or the one on shorenow wriggling on his sandals to walk home,since Troy sighed its last flame,and the blind giant’s boulder heaved the troughfrom whose groundswell the great hexameters cometo the conclusions of exhausted surf.The classics can console. But not enough.
Also to continue from yesterday, I looked up Samuel Colerdige Taylor in Groves. He is in the same generation as Vaughan Williams, Holst, Ireland and others. He was one of the group and thinking about his musical language as an outgrowth of his love of Dvorak and probably the English Pastorale school makes sense although I didn’t read anything specifically alluding to the pastorale school in regards to him.
For a closer reading of Taylor’s 1905 score listen to this video.
Interesting comments on this video on YouTube as well. Apparently the performer knows the editor of the series alluded to above. Cool. I do think I prefer her interp to the jazzed up version, but maybe that’s because I’m interested in learning more about Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
Inevitable I guess. I have bookmarked to check it out. I’m curious about how well the playing into notation works.
Bookmarked to read.
I think Spalding is an unadorned genius.
My brother seemed to be taken with this new movie. He also remarked on the music. It sounds interesting.