Poetry & Music: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Tue 18 Jun 3pmFrom £5.00 to £18.00
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
Priority booking for Annual Donors from Tuesday 15 January, Friends from Tuesday 29 January, and Advanced Booking list (including e-ABL) from Tuesday 12 February. General booking opens on Tuesday 19 February at 10am. Find out more about joining us and priority booking.
Roderick Williams baritone
Andrew West piano
Patience Agbabi poet
Introduced by Kate Kennedy
Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake 25’
Britten’s Blake settings, composed in 1965 for the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, are perhaps his most tightly-knit cycle, interleaving texts from the poet’s Songs of Experience (‘The Tyger’ among them) with prose epigrams from the Proverbs of Hell such as ’To see eternity in a grain of sand’.
Dark and intense, Britten’s music slips constantly between chromaticism and more straightforward harmonies to evoke the tension between innocence and experiences implicit in Blake’s words.
Photo by Sam Murray-Sutton