[DWJ] Messiaen and Black Maria
eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Tue May 22 17:55:42 EDT 2012
On 22 May 2012, at 19:11, Philip Belben wrote:
> At the moment I'm learning to play "Force et Agilité des Corps Glorieux"
> - Strength and Agility of the Glorious Bodies. This piece is a sort of
> mad dance. At the keyboard, I am strongly reminded of Anthony Green's
> dance around the boundaries of Cranbury in Black Maria. Which made me
> think: he has had a resurrection, of sorts...
So he did. (He didn't have an H in his name, though.)
At Easter, too. But not on Sunday - if you read it carefully, it's Monday, and it's probably the week after Easter since Mig and Chris have been off school for a couple of weeks by then. (A typical British school would break up the week before Good Friday. I am assuming they go to a state school.)
Diana's nephew Tom Armstrong, who wrote the ballet music, played that section, "Freedom Dance and Love Duet" at the Celebration. I wouldn't be surprised if that scene was the inspiration for turning the book into a ballet at all. For me it's one of the most memorable things Diana ever wrote, and I am always happy to discover music that goes with it. Thank you.
On the same topic, here's a photo Farah posted a few months ago:
And here's one of mine:
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