[DWJ] Messiaen and Black Maria

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Tue May 22 17:59:21 EDT 2012


Sorry, there's a typo in that first link!  Try this:
https://twitter.com/effjayem/status/142206268218675201

On 22 May 2012, at 22:55, Eleanor Joslin wrote:

> 
> 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:
> https://twitter.com/effjayem/status/142206268218675201j
> And here's one of mine:
> https://p.twimg.com/AsPeW2ZCEAEw0Um.jpg:large
> 
> Eleanor




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