Setting the words of the Sages of Concord to lilting Folk Airs at a
Concord Poetry Center Concert

Saturday, June 4th

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"During the Romantic Movement, poets were intrigued with the idea that in the ancient world poetry was sung to instrumental accompaniment, especially to a lyre, or lap harp. Lyrical poetry in the nineteenth century was an attempt to emulate the feel of sung verses, and poets turned not to opera or art song for inspiration, but rather to folk songs and street ballads. The stanzas and refrains of popular songs provided lessons in how to compose verses with rhythm and rhyme that could be easily memorized and repeated orally. Many poems of the period, such as Emerson's famous 'Concord Hymn,' were intended to be sung at public events." (Dillon Bustin)

Dillon Bustin will perform from his musical settings at the Evening Concert at 8:00 PM. Fee: $10 ($8 CPC members)

In the afternoon workshop, Dillon Bustin will demonstrate how he has closed the circle with musical settings of pieces by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He will also show how the lyrical sensibility led to the singer/songwriter phenomenon in the twentieth century, and how such techniques can be applied to blank verse and passages of prose.

Afternoon Workshop, 2-4:00 PM. Fee: $25 ($20 CPC members)

Workshop and Concert: BOTH: $30 ($24 CPC members)

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