Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems In Musical Adaptations
 
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Margaret Smith
Poet & Musician

 

 
 Sean's music drills deep, going past Hopkins' words on paper to the internal rhyme and reason of his poems, reaching the heart of what Hopkins must have truly meant to say. And Sean does this effortlessly, but hauntingly, with a troubadour's style. He relies mostly on vocals, a guitar and a good sense of when to pull back and say less with music, letting the poem words be what they are. It's unnerving how well it works.

Listen to Harry Ploughman for a witty take on the poem as a barn dance. Listen to Felix Randal for the sound of someone who has just lost a younger friend to a long illness. Listen to God's Grandeur and see how well the poem Starlight Night fits inside it, like a pearl inside its mother-of-pearl shell. This is music that heals the heart.
12 October 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
© Margaret Smith 2005