• Archive for October, 2009

    Music for Waiting by John Burroughs

    October 23, 2009 // 1 Comment »

    First version of John Burroughs‘ famous poem
    “Waiting”.  Johnburroughs22There are so many things I’ve tried doing with this song and I finally decided to leave it bare bones simple.

    One guitar, three voices and some bass at the end.

    My hope is that the music fits the poem and that I’ve done well enough for now with this first version. It’s been a long time coming!

    [podcast]http://www.michaelemmanuel.com/uploads/WaitingBurroughs.mp3[/podcast]

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    La Belle Dame Sans Merci (John Keats)

    October 14, 2009 // Comments Off on La Belle Dame Sans Merci (John Keats)

    I was pleased and surprised to find several musical settings for this great poem. There are classical versions and folk versions. There are choral versions and solo with orchestra and even instrumentals of various kinds. Here’s one I wrote for tenor and guitar, quasi folk/classical. How would you classify it?

    La Belle Dame Sans Merci Keats

    Last verse:

    “And this is why I sojourn here,
    Alone and palely loitering,
    Though the sedge is wither’d from the lake,
    And no birds sing.”

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