wrecked angels
31 Jul 2010
This is a performance of Geoffrey Gordon's wrecked angels, by the UK-based ensemble Rarescale, in London on 13 June 2007. Performers are: Carla Rees, flute; Rosie Banks, cello; David Black, guitar. PROGRAM NOTE: wrecked angels ... "And then come the wrecked angels and set snares, And bait them with light hopes and heavy dreams," "And it was some wrecked angel, blind with tears . . ." from The Land of Heart's Desire William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) William Butler Yeats' magical, startling, turn of the century play (the previous century), provides the quote which is the inspiration for this music. But the music is not about the play; it is about the words. In fact, the words wrecked angels--so jarring, almost frighteningly evocative--appeared intent on finding me, rather than the other way around. Over the course of about ten days, I came across these two seemingly incongruous words--incredibly--four different times, in four different places. The first of these was in an excerpt fr

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