Since we began our “Shared Visions” program 7 years ago, we’ve been starstruck by the power of reciprocal artmaking (that is, turning an existing work of art into another work of art). Minnesota composer Cary John Franklin speaks directly to that alchemic impulse of ours with his piece The Merry-Go-Round at Night (from With a Poet’s Eye, 1985), which Ars Nova will perform as part of our “Sounds from the Soil: A Salon” event on September 25th.
The year before Ars Nova Singers was born, London’s Tate Gallery commissioned several poets to write about specific works of art in its collection. These poems were later published as an illustrated anthology titled With a Poet’s Eye. With much gratitude to Tate and the individual poets, Franklin took the process one step further by setting these poems-inspired-by-visual-art to his music. We can’t think of anything closer to creative alchemy than that!
Enjoy the words of Welsh poet Dannie Abse below, and tap here to purchase a virtual ticket to our “Sounds from the Soil” virtual salon to hear Ars Nova’s farm-recorded performance of The Merry-Go-Round at Night (from With a Poet’s Eye, 1985). If you’re a returning fan, you may have heard this fluttering, dissonant setting at our June 2016 Annual Gala!