Young Musicians at Contemporary Music School, St Leonards on Sea, have created new composition for Lear’s words to honour the fact that the first section of the anthology is called a collection of songs, not poetry. This work will feature in the Stuff and Nonsense online event on Thursday 15th April but will be launched online on this page from Wednesday 7th April.
We are so excited about the Contemporary Music School’s project because Tennyson rated Edward Lear’s composition as the best created using his poetry and it is regrettable that most of Edward Lear’s music is lost. Lear the musician is overlooked perhaps because he worked chiefly to be recognised as a significant artist of his time as well as a successful writer. His evenings at the piano, singing with Marianne North and her family and his wide circle of friends, counted as social time.
Enjoy eight new compositions and sound pictures in this festival from young musicians working with Otti Albietz and Maria Price.
Ashley Chen, Calico Pie
Henry Wilson, Daddy Long Legs
Mandy He, The Duck and the Kangaroo
Bella, Daddy Long Legs and the Fly
Jackie Chen, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Susie He, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Ella Nguyen, Mr and Mrs Spicky Sparrow
Kelly Li, Calico Pie
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