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New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 7:10 pm
by Michael Emmanuel
I written and recorded a version of " La Belle Dame Sans Merci". Come on over and have a listen and leave a comment. Thanks.

http://eternalecstasy.dumvivocano.com/

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 11:19 pm
by Saturn
Thanks Michael - that's extremely good.

It has a kind of medieval troubador feel which really suits the piece :shock: :D

How many more wonderfully talented people can this site contain??

Thanks for putting a link to this site also.

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 11:21 pm
by Credo Buffa
Once again, I love the folk infusion. It particularly fits this poem, as a ballad. It hearkens back to the musical nature of poetry and stories of old. I also really like the dynamic variety and range that keeps the listener engaged and anticipating through such an extended work.

And I mean this in the most reverent way, but has anyone ever told you that you sound a bit like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at times? :wink: :D

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 11:23 pm
by Credo Buffa
Saturn wrote:It has a kind of medieval troubador feel which really suits the piece :shock: :D

It appears we're thinking on the same wavelength, Saturn! :lol:

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 11:28 pm
by Saturn
I honestly think Keats wherever he is would be loving that - it completely respects and honours the poem and also is a great piece of music.

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 2:06 am
by Michael Emmanuel
Thanks so very much you guys. I am feeling very encouraged. Oh I wish I had my old Jethro Tull records now. I saw them in Madison WI in a huge concert, oh, around 1974-75. They were not the typical band--I really liked the classical infusion, and they had a concert piano and someone who could play it!!

You have given me such high high praise!! I can only hope that the music serves the poetry, whether it be folk or, someday, and sometimes classical.

I see myself as a melodist unwearied, as in "Ode on a Grecian Urn".

Thanks again....



:D

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 5:15 am
by dks
Yes...beautiful, plaintive melody...suits the ethereal, gauziness of Keats's masterpiece... :wink:

Jethro Tull...yeah, I like "Bungle in the Jungle." :wink:

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 10:08 am
by Saturn
Aqualung is the album for me :D

Re: New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:37 am
by Michael Emmanuel
May 2006 wow it's been a while! I went through some pretty hard times to get to this point and to Tucson, Arizona. Non the least was a life threatening cancer. Hope everyone here is doing well and is living life for all it's worth. Here's a new link for La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Hope you like it and pass it on to your friends. Thanks!! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekVkIAgbv2k

Re: New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:17 am
by Michael Emmanuel
Thank you so much [banned member]. That is indeed a very nice compliment. I also have a version of Ode on a Grecian Urn that I'm very pleased with. I had a post about it a very long time ago on this site so the link is probably not good. I'll have to check that out when I have time.

Thanks so much for your comment and encouragement!

Best wishes to you and yours.

Re: New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:06 pm
by Raphael
Michael Emmanuel wrote:May 2006 wow it's been a while! I went through some pretty hard times to get to this point and to Tucson, Arizona. Non the least was a life threatening cancer. Hope everyone here is doing well and is living life for all it's worth. Here's a new link for La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Hope you like it and pass it on to your friends. Thanks!! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekVkIAgbv2k



Goodness me- that is good Michael! I love it. It has a great medieval feel- are you playing a lute in some parts? I cannot believe that the picture in your video is the very one I have had hung over my fireplace for about 5 years! I never knew it was La Belle Dame, but it has reminded me of it for a long time. I would really love to hear Ode To A Grecian Urn- please post it ! Are you going to do some more poems? You are seriously good at this- I think you should make a CD! I'm sorry to hear about your cancer- I wish you Health Happiness and Good Fortune.
Raphael.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:11 pm
by Raphael
Saturn wrote:I honestly think Keats wherever he is would be loving that - it completely respects and honours the poem and also is a great piece of music.


I agree! I can picture him sitting there now- one leg over the other knee, listening intently and nodding slightly every now and again at the interpretation! And he is thinking in wonder : "I am among the poets after my death..."

Re: New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:03 am
by PaulW
Michael Emmanuel wrote:I written and recorded a version of " La Belle Dame Sans Merci". Come on over and have a listen and leave a comment. Thanks.

http://eternalecstasy.dumvivocano.com/


that link's dead for me, here in 2010, but i think the same piece is on youtube, yes?

Re: New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:08 am
by Michael Emmanuel
Sorry for not getting over here sooner. Yes you can here it on my YouTube channel here:
http://www.youtube.com/michaelemmanuel

And thanks again everyone.

Re: New Music for La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:11 am
by gstormcrow
What an awesome musical adaptation of Kaets' work! 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' has always been one of my favourite poems and your original music does great honor to it.

I do have to partially disagree with others on this post whom think you sound like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Though your lute/guitar chords and strummings sound very Tull-esque with the cello/voilin dropping in at perfect times to evoke that deeply pastoral/"bard" feeling, I believe your voice sounds more like Glenn Yarborough in a lower pitch.(to me your voice is more pleasing than Mr. Yarborough's) That being said, you have a wonderful singing voice with great power and range. I can't wait to hear your adaptation of "Ode on a Grecian Urn" which I will be listening to next.