Words can be dizzying. We use them to articulate the abstract, render the sentient tangible. Guillaume Appollinaire is an absolutely enchanting figure, a glint of whimsy in an unusually bleak moment in history. His series of Calligrammes attempted to make sense out of post-World War I France, creating poems in the shapes of guns, the Eiffel Tower, streams of rain - familiar images in which people could find solace.
My friend Anne is working on a series of pieces for me based on French poems of my choosing. We spoke on the phone the other night when I was on vacation with my parents in Florida about how to incorporate the text into the score. The speech pattern, if successfully integrated into the musical gesture, will come across. Perhaps this is bastardizing the visual artistry of the poetry....but, we shall see.
© 2017 Martha Cargo