A New Genre?

A New Genre? We are in the process of creating a new genre, part concert, part theatre. The best way I can describe it to myself is as a collage that uses words and music to elucidate the strange interior life of the diarist and novelist Anias Nin. We played a concert of the music of her brother and father with readings from her own work in the spring. But this new show is far more theatrical and will focus more on her interior life. Is it a play with music? Or is it an evocation of a strangely surreal dream? Referencing Nin's own involvement in the surrealistic films for which Louis and Bebe Barron of Forbidden Planet fame created the soundtrack, we are creating our own soundscape for the s

The Romantics

The Romantics In 1854, the same year that the 44 year old Schumann attempted suicide and landed himself in the Endenich mental asylum, Heinrich Heine, the German poet , journalist and essayist completed his Confessions. Here he wrote: Notwithstanding the war of extermination that I had waged against Romanticism, I always remained a Romanticist at heart. After I had delivered the most deadly blows against the taste for Romantic poetry in Germany, there stole over me an inexpressible yearning for the blue flower in the fairy-land of Romanticism, and I grasped the magic lyre and sang a song wherein I gave full sway to all the sweet extravagances, to all the intoxication of moonlight, to all the

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