[Milton-L] Christopher Rouse "Requiem"

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Tue May 6 13:43:57 EDT 2014

One of my grad school friends at Michigan (in the 1950s) could sing the
lines beginning" Weep no more" through his nose as country music.


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Perhaps Milton's elegy Lycidas is a good candidate for this series as well,
especially considering these concluding observations of the reviewer: "The
predominant mood of Mr. Rouse's 'Requiem' is one of uncomprehending grief
and fury almost as if, bereft of faith, it were mourning the death of
consolation itself." 


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Today's NYTimes has a review of this performance:

It was the opener for the Spring for Music series at Carnegie Hall. Reviewer
Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim comments:

"Rouse also weaves in poems by Seamus Heaney, Siegfried Sassoon,
Michelangelo, Ben Jonson and John Milton that depict death through the eyes
of those left behind: a sibling, a son, a fellow soldier, a lover. Given
over to the soloist - here the beautifully poised South African baritone
Jacques Imbrailo - these texts function like the lone figures in old
paintings of biblical crowd scenes that stare out at the viewer as if to
say: "This is about you."

She singles out only one individual poem,however: Jonson's "Farewell, thou
child of my right hand." Without having heard it, I can't think which Milton
poem, one that would follow in the series listed above. "Methought I saw my
late espoused saint" perhaps. Nobody dies in PL. 

Nancy Charlton

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