Writer, translator, an inspiration for the Beat Generation, the founder of so-called World Music through his collection of traditional Moroccan music, Paul Bowles has left behind a significant musical legacy, with around 150 compositions written prior to his move to Morocco which have, in a way, been obscured by his later literary production.
This programme seeks to showcase the importance of music in the work of Bowles’, who considered it another form of narration. Pianist Irene Herrmann, the heiress of his musical legacy, soprano Carole Blankenship and baritone Mário Redondo will interpret some of those compositions, in an event which will also feature readings of Bowles’ poetry.
Two Pieces for Solo Piano Prelude for Bernardo Soares Sarabande
Songs in the Popular Idiom
A Little Closer Please
Of All the Things I Love
Folk Song Settings
Mary Golden Tree
The Old Grey Goose
Cuatro Canciones de García Lorca
Murió al Amanacer
Textos de Gertrude Stein Scenes from the Door
Letter to Freddy
A Musical Conversation Farther From the Heart (JB) Once a Lady was Here (PB) Frozen Horse (JB)
Sleeping Song (PB)
My Sister’s Hand in Mine (JB)
Textos de Tennessee Williams
Blue Mountain Ballads Heavenly Grass
Sugar in the Cane
My Love Was Light
In another special session, the films PAUL BOWLES: THE CAGE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN, by Daniel Young and THE PLEASANT FEELING OF BEING IN A MORE INNOCENT AGE: PAUL BOWLES’S IMPRESSIONS ON PORTUGAL, by Pedro Cruz and Hermínia Sol will also be screened.