Monday, July 4, 2011

Capriole for Samuel Barber

Here the wetback crab and the mollusk are citizens
and the leaves have green cards.

Derek Walcott
  Part I, xxvii
The Noonday Press
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989©


  1. Barber was the lover of Gian Carlo Menotti, and wrote his greatest music when the two men were a couple.

  2. Thank you very much for furnishing this context for the posting. I thought to include a figure from Menotti, but I chose instead to go with some impressions of my own - borrowed, of course. If you should see this reply please do not hesitate to offer guidance on a recording; the one I selected, I happen very much to like, and recall it was warmly received at the time by the editors of Gramophone - who also, I think, once gave their highest recognition to Upshaw's "Knoxville." Be that as it may, thank you again for coming, and for helping one to embrace Samuel Barber on the 4th ~