Here is another of my little nature videos SPRING INTO SUMMER with my poetry, photos and piano music ("Cantabile.")

I hope a few may enjoy on one of our wet lockdown days. Much of the scenery is local countryside or the garden.

https://youtu.be/qx3fR14ULCs

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  • What a lovely piece. Just what I need to soothe the savage beast or is it 'breast' after wrestling with converting an xml into notation software. (Oh that I could be a magician to ensorcel it into doing the right thing!) 

    The music is calm, the visual excellent - pin-sharp against a differentially focused background and the poem was uplifting.

    I had a couple of observation - just my response so take no notice if you choose. It is your work after all.

    The voice/poem needs to be at a higher volume. It's so quiet I had to turn the speakers right up, only to be overwhelmed by the piano which I quickly turned down to about half the voice level. You certainly have a pleasant reciting voice.

    I felt it might have ended just a little earlier just after the interrupted cadence at 5'23"...it seemed to trail off naturally at 5'33". Does it need a final chord?

    Just my thoughts though.

    Altogether a most pleasant piece. Does it open a gate to a more extended piece with several poems punctuated by musical interludes?

    All the best,

    Dane.

  • Thanks Dane ! Well, I am delighted it afforded you some obvious pleasure, and thank you for such lovely and uplifting comments !

    Yes, the volume is rather to quiet... I worked on it with head phones, on laptop, ... but could not really test, as the speakers on my lap top are "rubbish' (!) so had no real knowledge of volume, until a friend tested on her phone  for me ! (By then, all the recorded poems and music, were in a full film (two DVDs worth) as a Christmas present for a friend. Have since re-recorded quite a number... but good to get that feed back.

    Yes, there is two hours-worth of poetry, piano music and photography, right through the seasons, on two DVDs that I then decided to split and put on Youtube. People would not have concentration or time, these days for it al one one go, and posting seasonally, (English seasons, of course !) made sense ! I will put them up here as the season changes... next I think will be "Buttercups" as we go into May, then some early summer, with some of the coast too. At least an outlet for a selection of the 40.000 photos and many poems as well as the music !!! I really enjoyed making them too, and want to do individual flowers next.... maybe my Flower Suite? (One more movement to learn and record (more or less a four part invention - help !)

    Thanks so much again, and glad you enjoyed !

    Dane Aubrun said:

    What a lovely piece. Just what I need to soothe the savage beast or is it 'breast' after wrestling with converting an xml into notation software. (Oh that I could be a magician to ensorcel it into doing the right thing!) 

    The music is calm, the visual excellent - pin-sharp against a differentially focused background and the poem was uplifting.

    I had a couple of observation - just my response so take no notice if you choose. It is your work after all.

    The voice/poem needs to be at a higher volume. It's so quiet I had to turn the speakers right up, only to be overwhelmed by the piano which I quickly turned down to about half the voice level. You certainly have a pleasant reciting voice.

    I felt it might have ended just a little earlier just after the interrupted cadence at 5'23"...it seemed to trail off naturally at 5'33". Does it need a final chord?

    Just my thoughts though.

    Altogether a most pleasant piece. Does it open a gate to a more extended piece with several poems punctuated by musical interludes?

    All the best,

    Dane.

    SPRING INTO SUMMER - Video with my piano music and poetry
    Here is another of my little nature videos SPRING INTO SUMMER with my poetry, photos and piano music ("Cantabile.") I hope a few may enjoy on one of…
  • I hesitated to comment on this since it was posted under No Critique Sought, but since it seems comment is acceptable, I'll share my opinion that this is very good and a successful multimedia poetry/photography/music production.  The music is as accomplished in composition and performance as any of the currently successful pieces in this mode I've heard, and the photographs, with a visual precision that interestingly reflects the precision of imagery in the poem, are all at least very good; the best of them are exquisite.

    But of the three I was most impressed by the poem, which is not only fine in itself, but to me at least gains an extra dimension by being (whether the poet consciously intended it or not) in a very old and prominent tradition in English poetry of the floral catalog.   Well known examples are Perdita's seasonal garden in The Winter's Tale (a passage which, like a few others of Shakespeare's at his best, is so sheerly beautiful that I find it difficult to read or hear), Milton's "Bring the rathe primose ..." in  Lycidas,  and Keat's "White hawthorn, and the pastoral eglantine ..." in Ode to a nightingale, and though I may have read that poem literally a hundred times it just now occurs to me that the hawthorn is traditionally a flower of both love and death, well duh. 

    But as often, I digress.  I could just say well done.

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