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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. The emphasis is on programmes today is on voice and secondly on music the words that are being sung rate of very poor third. This is true to such an extent that many singers today are unable to sing their words clearly enough to be understood. Actually their teachers have taught them to distorters like their diction in order to get what they call a better tone. Yet the words of the heart of a song. They give the song its meaning and without them the song becomes just another piece of instrumental music. The words are the core and the music serves to bring them
out and heighten their expression. If we will listen to the words and visualize what they say when we listen to songs we still got a great deal more from a song program. Then we should be focusing on the meaning of the song and letting the music color and heighten the mood of the words. We shall listen to the flight of the voice in the beauty of the melodies and rhythm and we shall also be involving ourselves in the idea or emotion or experience set forth in the words. In some cases we do listen to the words and get the full meaning of a song. The spiritual warrior there which William mimes Fisher has arranged is a song most of us listen to for its meaning. Oh. Was
was. Home.
Was just. One. When the song is unknown to us we are likely to concentrate on the voice and the music. Yet we need to listen to the words of Thomas Hardy's the caller as Robin Milford is that if we are to get its real impact. Through the words we see a person in the song and hear her speak or. Walk shout I every day is a
jewel. Fairest for you anywhere. Love day for all a day where things are. For I am just forwarding wore on. Sure and I am too. Where do you oh nowhere where they are saying a oh oh oh oh my. He.
Shot I ever a reason we're there yes. Oh it. Was a waste. And he was a
he. Watch out I agree there. We'll do best for you anywhere love 3 0 0 0 0 0 knowing where you were. In Sara Teasdale water lilies which Ryan Newman has said as we listen to the words. We see a scene of quiet mountains with water lilies riding a pond
and we hear the poets say what has been our experience too. That we cannot return to places we have loved deeply without longing for the past and being sent in spirit. If you are a foreigner go slow. Sure.
Christina rose and he's over the sea in winter for Barry setting as the Words and Music of human experience and it shows the added meaning songs can have when they are listened to is human expression. For this setting seems almost like a passionate cry of despair shaped into a song so directly as it is written. Horse comes over those super showings and quicksands man don't want to come so close. There comes over those oh man
it's me just watching. Nothing comes off. Oh my God. I. See God. Oh my God. Finally there is the purge and casual setting of Shakespeare's it was a lover by Gerald Finzi in which the lilt of the music seems to turn the words of the poem into an amused Regarding of lovers and their lasses.
It was. A story. Oh oh a between we know the ins. Are going to get a story.
A. Scout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0. In New York. So we come from the US. And therefore to a school in spray
painting a day. Oh of course. 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 NASB Radio Network.
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Poetry in song III
Focus on words
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
This program emphasizes the importance of focusing on the words in songs.
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: 59-16-1 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:59
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