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4 Sea Interludes ---Peter Grimes---

from fatuous - Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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I liked this piece of music and so jotted down what I felt about it.


Harsh, keening brass notes din,
Exciting waves, cold and grey.
As arpeggios of flute and violin,
Glimmer like sun-dappled spray.

Sunday Morning

A broad ternary melody conforms,
To give, a monotonous Sunday feeling.

While overlapping calling of horns,
Conjures images of church-bells pealing.

The music blurs as there appears,
A deep and resonant tolling.
The melody crumbles before my ears,
Undermined by it controlling.


The xylophone and trumpet brings,
Out intensified, luminous splashes.
As woodwind and pizzicato strings,
Spark moonlit, silver, flashes.

A dull, throbbing chorale distends,
Rising in small surges.
As hesitant moonlit sea-swell portends,
Undertoned fearful urges.


Trumpeting brass, sea lashed gale,
Violent waters! Waves crash and roll!
Yet a haunting tune in the upper scale…
Shows naive goodness in Peter’s soul!

The clouds are parted with hopes last ray,
And sun and storm compete.
But the tortured tempest within, holds sway,

So Peter Grimes drowns in defeat.

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from colden
Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 09:48

I've never heard that piece before, or at least dont know it by name. Describeing music by the emotions it evoked in you is pure genius! I felt the music playing your soul creating the sweetest melodies and saddest solos in some far off forgotten dark place in my mind! nicely done.
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