XXI - James Joyce, Chamber Music

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elafini said...

To 1907 εκδίδεται το Chamber Music, μια συλλογή 36 ερωτικών ποιημάτων του James Joyce.

Ο ίδιος λέει τον Φεβρουάριο της ίδιας χρονιάς:
"I don't like the book but wish it were published and be damned to it. However, it is a young man's book. I felt like that. It is not a book of love-verses at all, I perceive. But some of them are pretty enough to be put to music. I hope someone will do so, someone that knows old English music such as I like. Besides they are not pretentious and have a certain grace. I will keep a copy myself and (so far as I can remember) at the top of each page I will put an address, or a street so that when I open the book I can revisit the places where I wrote the different songs."

Έτσι, η Fire Records συγκεντρώνει (μετά από δουλειά χρόνων) 36 καλλιτέχνες και δημιουργεί μια διπλή συλλογή των μελοποιημένων ποιημάτων. Κυκλοφορεί στις 16 Ιουνίου.

Μια μικρή γεύση

Peter Buck (R.E.M./ Minus 5): “Scott has always blathered on about doing a Minus 5 Dubliners album, with a song for each story. It's his favorite book, which accompanies us on almost every tour we do, with R.E.M., the Minus 5, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Tuatara, etc. When we heard about the Chamber Music project, we knew we had to take part, and were really pleased to get a chance to make one of Joyce's beautiful love songs sing, following in the steps of the great Syd Barrett, no less. Glad the project is finally seeing the light of day!

Ed Harcourt: These poems remind me of William Blake, I'd never read them until I was approached by Fire Records and was immediately interested in doing something. I had the idea of shouting the words like some kind of mad preacher towards the end of a musical mantra, building and building and getting more intense…It could've been easy for me to do an acoustic, pastoral sounding number but I wanted to do something different; the verses have this desperation to them that intrigue me; in fact I think Joyce was quoted as saying:" I wrote Chamber Music as a protest against myself."

COLDHARBOURSTORES:” James at Fire asked us to be involved early enough to have quite a few parts to choose from and there was something very innocent and tender about verse 18 that sat with our own approach to writing. We approached the music very gently, Graham Sutton who produced the track added some subtle atmospherics and the vocals were recorded outside, high up in the summer London air. The album is just a beautiful concept and it was an honour to be involved”

Neil (AIRPORT STUDIES): "James Joyce is my favourite author. When I was asked to contribute to the Chamber Music album for Fire Records
I was immediately drawn to Poem XI. The sexual conquest of a virgin is suggested in a bygone language of an earlier era that romantically evades the real facts of the matter. I tried to make the music slither a little, to pretend to sleaze but to support the almost polite nature of lines such as "Happy love has come to woo". Chamber Music was
the only book of Joyce's that his wife Nora really approved of, and it's Nora I think of when I read Chamber Music, their
courtship frames the time period these poems were written in and the day they met became the most famous Joycean day of all… Bloomsday. It's a real privilege to sing a few words by the master."

Matt (LOVETONES):” it was important for us to capture joyces' melancholic and sorrowful sentiment in our interpretation of verse 35 of chamber music. I wanted the song to flow in a dreamlike way, with an almost psychedelic quality to it. I used lots of 7ths and minor's to give something of a moody, distant quality to it, which hopefully succeeds in conveying joyces' idea of loss and isolation.”

Επέλεξα τους Great Depression

υ.γ. ευχαριστώ τον sandman για το gothic touch ;)

sandman_gr said...

You're welcome my lady...

elafini said...

Ed Harcourt

Mountain Men Anonymous

The Great Depression

MenieK said...

όπως ο ίδιος λεει:
I have left my book,
I have left my room
For I heard you singing
Through the gloom

anamella said...

Κάνω πάρτυυυυ !!!!

evaversus said...

Η αλήθεια είναι οτι αν και έχω διαβάσει δύο συλλογές διηγημάτων του Τζους ,ακόμα δεν τολμώ να διαβάσω τον Οδυσσέα .Περιμένω να μεγαλώσω λίγο ...Λέγεται οτι είναι το πιο αναφορικό
μυθιστόρημα στην ιστορία της Λογοτεχνίας .Και φυσικά έχει επηρεάσει το Ναμπόκωφ στην Ada και στη Lolita ,δύο από τα αγαπημένα μου βιβλία.

elafini said...

Δεν έχω εντρυφήσει στο έργο του Joyce όσο θα'θελα. Η συλλογή όμως με τα 36 μελοποιημένα ποιήματά του, είναι πραγματικά εξαιρετική και στη συνιστώ.