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Published on Sep 16, 2017
I am happy to upload the series premiere of my live performance vlog “Midnight Pieces” that will be featuring 53 works of 53 composers over the course of the entire calendar year, coming in weekly episodes. For the opening episode I transcribed a beautiful and rarely performed art song by American composer Amy Beach. She wrote this song on a famous poem, “Extase,” by Victor Hugo where he describes his amazing spiritual experience. “Extase” comes from a cycle Beach wrote on Hugo’s poems. Here is an English translation of it:
I was alone beside the sea, one starry night. With not a single wave or sail in sight. Past the world's limits, stretched my eye, And the forests and the mountains, with nature all 'round Seemed united in questioning, in a vast yet mumbled sound, the billows of the ocean, and the splendour of the sky.
And the infinite legions of golden stars, had voices loud and harmonies over a thousand bars. They replied, tipping low their radiant crowns of fame And the blue waters, which none could govern or arrest, Replied, tipping low the foam upon their crest 'The Lord, our great Creator! His glory we proclaim!'
I feel very fortunate to premiere my transcription of “Extase”, especially because the world just celebrated Amy Beach’s 150 anniversary a week ago! I hope you will share this music with your friends and please subscribe to hear more!