Described by Niall MacMonagle, editor of Windharp as ‘A pitch perfect book’.
The anthology fermata: Writers inspired by Music edited by Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods will be launched tonight in @civicofficeswoodquay by broadcaster and music aficionado, Tim Thurston.
A fermata in musical notation is a pause or a hold extending the length of the note played, literally a breathing space. This collection of poems and prose writings closely engages with music, from classical to traditional, jazz and blues to rock music. It is a chorus of diverse and lively voices in response to the most beloved of all the arts.
This collection was formed by the editors, Vincent Woods and Eva Bourke, from a passionate belief in the Irish tradition of music and word, a connection embodied in this magnificent and entertaining compilation of writings on music in poetry or prose. Composer and musician, Michéal Ó Súílleabháin, former director of the Limerick School of Music, has provided a wonderful foreword and Christy McNamara’s wonderfully evocative photographs are sensitively employed in the book.
Amongst the poets/writers included are: Ken Bruen, Moya Cannon, Ciaran Carson, Harry Clifton, Theo Dorgan, Paul Durcan, Peter Fallon, Leonita Flynn, Hugo Hamilton, Eamon Grennan, Kerry Hardie, James Harpur, Seamus Heaney, Rita Ann Higgins, Pearse Hutchinson, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Joan McBreen, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Sinéad Morrissey, Dennis O’Driscoll, Mary O’Malley, Justin Quinn, Gabriel Rosenstock, Peter Sirr, Colm Tóibin, and David Wheatley.
The writing is inspired by singers, composers, musicians, dancers and the music of ‘what happens’. From Bach, Shostakovich, Saint Saëns, Fauré and other favourite composers, to a lullaby in a dead South African language, from a practice session in a community centre to the melodious litany for a wagtail, from elegies for Elvis and a lament for Johnny Cash, from an old LP found in the barn, the bass roar of the ocean and airborne tunes with a ghostly provenance to young Irish immigrants in 1920s New York visiting the Metropolitan Opera, all this and far more can be found in fermata.
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