Music and poems by Paul Bowles, with Irene Herrmann, Carole Blankenship and Mário Redondo.
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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 
Boatmen’s Dance 
Mary Golden Tree 
The Old Grey Goose 
Creole Song 

Cuatro Canciones de García Lorca
Media Luna
Balada Amarilla 
Murió al Amanacer 

Textos de Gertrude Stein Scenes from the Door 
Red Faces 
The Ford 
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 
Lonesome Man 
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.