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Edward Gold's Symphony No. 1.
"Idylls of the King: Merlin"
a setting of selections from Tennyson's poem Idylls of the King in 3 movements. Narrated by Duane Mazey
Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850) which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur's kingdom. The whole work recounts Arthur's attempt and failure to lift up mankind and create a perfect kingdom, from his coming to power to his death at the hands of the traitor Mordred. The poems were dedicated to the late Albert, Prince Consort. The Idylls are written in blank verse.
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Notes by Edward Gold
Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King” is made up of twelve poems on the subject of King Arthur and is dedicated to the memory of Albert, Queen Victoria’s Prince Consort whose premature death in 1861 saddened the British nation and devastated the Queen.
Coinciding with the renewed interest in the Arthurian legends at the time of Tennyson, the graphics chosen by Duane Mazey (the narrator) consist largely of those by Gustave Doré and several pre-Raphaelite artists as well as the much earlier William Blake, poet and artist.
For our purposes, we could only use excerpts of the entire work because of its extreme length and, as the composer, I divided it into three sections with an accent on the relationship between King Arthur and his wizard Merlin.
1. “Arthur and Merlin” foreshadows the subject matter of the last movement and includes a quote from the Blake-Parry “Jerusalem” as well as a painting by Blake.
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In November the University of California Press will publish the first installment of Twain's three-volume autobiography. Unlike the first publication of this book in which the editor cut large portions of the text which they considered too controversial, this will be the autobiography he wanted, uncensored.