Complete Violin Works of Ezra Pound, 1923-1933
Edited by Robert Hughes; Introduction by Margaret Fisher
“Criticism via music, meaning definitely the setting of a poet’s words” (Pound, "Dateline")
Thirteen violin works, with Pound’s settings of 8 poets
Second Evening Art Publishing, 2004, first edition
160 pages, perfectbound (paper), shrinkwrapped, ISBN 9780972885928, list $33.00
About the book
The Complete Violin Works composed by Ezra Pound in a double volume with engraved scores for performance:
Part I. A literary and technical study of Ezra Pound’s solo violin works, many of which were composed for the American specialist in new music, violinist Olga Rudge.
Part II. The engraved performance edition for violin and voice includes excerpts from the 2 principal arias, 3 incidental numbers, a transcription of Pound’s unfinished translation of carmen LXI and Pound's scenario for his dramatic setting of the Catullan poem.
Violin Works (in chronological order of composition).
Editor’s notes include background, perspective, and performance history.
Gaucelm Faidit’s Plainte pour la Mort du roi Richard Coeur de Lion
Sujet pour violon (resineux)
Fiddle Music First Suite
Sestina in Homage
Pétrus Convitortio’s “Tu soi nel fiore della tua bellezza”
Le Duc de Bourgogne’s “Madame trop vos me spremes”
Folle è colui che vole
Era nel core mio
Homage Froissart (for violin and piano)
Sonate “Ghuidonis” pour violon seul
Al poco giorno
About the Editor
Robert Hughes, composer, conductor, and bassoonist, met Pound in Washington, D.C. Their brief discussion about music led Hughes to mount Pound’s first opera Le Testament with the San Francisco Opera in 1971. He assembled Pound’s complete second opera Cavalcanti from manuscripts that had become separated over time and premiered that work in San Francisco with the Arch Ensemble for Experimental Music. He is conductor and artistic director of two audio CD’s of Pound's music.
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