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Poetry in song. The National Association of educational broadcasters presents by tape recording a series of programs prepared song and narrated by Colbert Mitchell. American concert artist and editor of the poetry and song Bulletin. These programs feature outstanding musical settings of poetry and the literary anthologies of the world. Thus integrating the fields of music and literature. Here now to give us poetry in song is Hobart Mitchell. We are inclined to take the nature of a song for granted. If asked we would likely say that it is a melody with words but a song is more than that. It is human expression. It is a human being's feeling or thought or experience that meant so much to him that he had to set it down in words. And it is a song because music has been added. If it were only the words then we would speak it. And then he changes and pitch and rhythm and intensity would have the narrower range of speech. But in
making it into a song the composer increases and shapes the vocal changes of pitch and rhythm and intensity into a musical pattern. And he deepens the mood. This is where we get lost. We become so absorbed in the musical beauty that we forget to look within it to the words that inspired the music. And then within the words to the experience that the writer felt impelled to express in a point Robin Milford setting of Thomas Hardy's tolerance certainly depicts a human being speaking out of his experience in life. Oh oh oh oh yeah oh yeah. Yeah.
Bearer. You know I was was carrying us both ways. May I use it for a nice story. I have Carrie I'm defo no swallow no was. My wish.
Much more exuberant yet still speaking out of the human spirit is another point by Thomas Hardy weathers which Roger Fisk has said. This is the way the other night. When she was just nuts my accent understood run Nightingale Bruce's best side at the wrist. I made scones on spring dress and citizens
and. This is the weather Shepherd's Jones and Zoe. Went just a ribbon bronze in guns and fresh and tired so was on. Son last night. I was. In the heavenly grass set by Paul Bowles Tennessee Williams writes
down the musings of a person who dreams about what it must have been like to walk the sky in the long years before he was born into the world. My. Oh my. Then my feet.
Then there is the gayety and vigor of a youthful spirit expressed in the words of Shakespeare's old mistress mind which Gerald Finzi said. Mistress. Was coming to.
Realize my God. Was just not soon after. President Mr. Kerry has no plan to then come true serious sometimes. You just saw what was here. Another facet of love between man and maid is the common happening of love at first
sight which an anonymous poet expresses an Edward Purcell has said in his song passing by you. Do. You. Know
it was a mug. Oh my oh oh sure.
Yeah. Each of these songs expresses a different moment in human experience but like all songs they are the outpouring of the reactions of people to the experience of living. So also is the spiritual. There's a little wheel that turned in in my heart arranged by William mimes Fisher who does a song out of life expressing the joy of one who is happy in his heart. That's
God. Was was. Oh I feel so very happy. Yeah. Oh yeah. Oh yeah it was very I am was. I feel like a show
like The show was was. God you know I was there and was and was just I was. You have been listening to poetry and song. This has been one of a series of tape recorded programs especially produce song and narrated by Hobart Mitchell for the National Association of educational broadcasters. Mr. Mitchell formerly an English teacher at New York University is widely known for his concert programs of poetry and song and for his research in this field. He will be very happy to supply information concerning the songs heard on these programs to anyone who will write to him in care of this station. These programs are recorded in the studios of radio station WCAU Al that's in all of college in
Northfield Minnesota. This is the NOAA radio network.
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Poetry in song III
Putting words to music
Producing Organization
WCAL (Radio station : St. Olaf College)
Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
The value of putting words to music.
Series Description
This series presents outstanding musical settings of poetry and literary anthologies, integrating the worlds of music and literature.
Broadcast Date
Media type
Host: Warren, Rich
Performer: Hagen, John P.
Producer: Mitchell, Hobart, 1908-
Producing Organization: WCAL (Radio station : St. Olaf College)
Producing Organization: Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 59-16-2 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:19
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