Sunday, September 21, 2014

Charles Kaufmann: Added Subtitles Reveal Hiawatha's Beauty on The Longfellow Chorus YouTube channel

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The Longfellow Chorus
Portland, Maine

September 18, 2014

This is a state of the art first class production suitable for any concert hall in the world.
     -- John Malveaux, concert promoter/arts presenter, Long Beach, California, about The Longfellow Chorus Maine Stage broadcast of The Song of Hiawatha.

Enjoying the @LongfellowChrus performance of @SamuelCTaylorFn 's mighty Scenes from the Song of Hiawatha . A gorgeous score, enthusiastically realised by the @LongfellowChrus in a series of live performances in Portland, Maine
     -- Twitterer Robert Clements, Sydney, Australia, to his followers.

Just a note to say that I have added subtitles to the complete 2 hour, 30 minute Maine Stage broadcast of The Song of Hiawatha as found archived on The Longfellow Chorus YouTube channel. The added subtitles help tremendously in appreciating the beauty of both Coleridge-Taylor's music and of Longfellow's poem.

I've also noted in the subtitles where Coleridge-Taylor has adapted or omitted segments of the Longfellow original, and this is useful for gaining insight into how Coleridge-Taylor altered the poem's lines of trochaic tetrameter, grouped in irregularly numbered stanzas, to fit the even four-bar phrases of traditional classical music:

Charles Kaufmann, Artistic Director

PO Box 5133
Portland, Maine 04101

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