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George Benjamin & William Butler Yeats: Upon Silence, by Sylvia Vadimova

9 min
George Benjamin & William Butler Yeats: Upon Silence, by Sylvia Vadimova

The poetry of silent contemplation

Capturing the muted musings of three of history’s most portentous characters: Julius Caesar, Helen of Troy and Michelangelo, this musical translation of W.B. Yeats’s ‘Long-Legged Fly’ traces the innermost thoughts of Caesar on the eve of battle, Helen of Troy in her youth and Michelangelo working on his masterpiece at the Sistine Chapel. These fragments, millennia apart, find themselves woven so intricately by George Benjamin into ten minutes of intimate and dissonant sound.

The composer George Benjamin
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Fantasies : A Voyage Of The Ear - pieces by George Benjamin, Henry Purcell, Jonathan Harvey and Laurent Cuniot
Salle des spectacles, Maison de la Musique, Nanterre
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George Benjamin
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  • William Butler YeatsAuthor