On Video: Four

David Bremner has posted the videos of the four parts of the Cantata Four on the Béal Festival blog.

 

 

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Four – 9th November

Béal Festival

Four is a Cantata loosely based on the theme of the four seasons, traced through the life-cycle of a leaf, a collaboration between Billy Mills (text), and David Bremner (music).
The ensemble is Baroque flute, viola d’amore, soprano, double bass, harpsichord, piano, community choir and live electronics. It will take place sunrise to sunset on Friday November 9th 2018 at the Music Room in Christ Church Cathedral. The movements will be performed separately at 0730, 1030, 1330, and 1630.

Mills’ desire is for the text to embody the processes being described, so there’s no distinction between form and content; both music and text actually enact the subject matter of the poem. The music explores the idea of contour, the vague shape of a melody, as a way of displaying similarities, family resemblances, between overtly different manifestations. Thus the whole piece grows from initial material while keeping the same inherent substance…

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More Logical Fallacies

Wonderful settings of my poems by David, and great performances by Andreea and Liz.

David Bremner

Here are a few excerpts from my recent song-cycle of poetry by Billy Mills, Logical Fallacies. The performers are Andreea Banciu (viola) and Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano).

Manor Street

gate
walk
garden

snails
trike
blue

trough
float
stairs

string
cards
school

lodge
street
gate

This song

this song is not
the world is

this song is not
the world

(For Larry)

a poem
is always a poem

a moth
a moth

even
a stranger

caught
in a room

finding
no exit

in a park
by a river
in another city

not the one I was born in
not the one I live in now

a city at war
with itself

All texts are from Lares/Manes (Shearsman Books, 2009) © Billy Mills

Our previous collaboration, Loop Walks, a work of scored polyphonic poetry, is available from http://hardpressedpoetry.blogspot.ie/ and bealfestival@gmail.com

We’re planning to work on another project this year…

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