Violin poemsLife in general: Please share the violin poems that have really touched you...
From Yixi Zhang
"E, laser of the ear, ear's
A, youngest of the four, cocksure
D is the tailor
G, cathedral of the breastbone,
From Emil ChudnovskyDon't recall the author(ess) but it was about Sherlock Holmes:
Posted on April 9, 2007 at 11:23 PM
Coin of ours can never ransom
etc. etc. etc. and then the final stanza:
When, as fog through pane and curtain,
From Katie Bailey WallerDonna Hebert has some nice violin and fiddle poetry and stories on her page:
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 12:12 AM
From Anne HorvathYeats: From "The Wind Among The Reeds" 1899, is "The Fiddler of Dooney".
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 01:47 AM
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 04:38 AM
From Pauline LernerI, too, thought immediately of Fiddler of Dooney by WB Yeats. I absolutely love it. Here is the text.
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 06:40 AM
The Fiddler of Dooney
From Pauline LernerHere is another one I love. It is not about the violin per se, but about music makers.
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 06:56 AM
Arthur O'Shaughnessy. 1844–1881
From Pauline LernerLyrics to a song can be considered poetry, I believe. I find this one very moving.
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 06:58 AM
The Touch Of The Master's Hand
'Twas battered and scarred and the auctioneer
”What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried
From the room far back a gray haired man
The music ceased and the auctioneer
The people cheered and some of them cried,
And many a man with life out of tune
A mess of pottage a glass of wine;
But the Master comes and the foolish crowd
From Sander MarcusAll that's there is varnish and glue
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 12:56 PM
On a box of wood and strings.
Yet with hairs on a stick, a select few
Manipulate these ordinary things,
For composers beyond compare.
From Graham TraversThe Touch of the Master's Hand was originally a poem that someone put to a tune not the other way around. I think it is just about the most beautiful thing ever written.
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 05:34 PM
From Alan WittertHere's something from the 16th century:
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 09:00 PM
Sherlock had his Conan Doyle,
From Gabriel Kastellefrom Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 01:06 AM
(his bibliography is unclear to me-- this may be from a book called "Lyrics of Love and Laughter", or it may simply appear in a section so-titled in collections of his complete poems...)(I've been very careful in copying correctly all details within the poem:)
W'en de clouds is hangin' heavy in de sky,
Case I knows w'en evenin' draps huh shadders down,
Down in my ol' cabin wa'm ez mammy's toas',
So I spen's my evenin' listenin' to huh sing,
Den I hugs huh closah, closah to my breas'.
From Stephen BrivatiThe Old Violin
Posted on April 10, 2007 at 10:44 PM
Maurice Francis Egan
Though tuneless, stringless, it lies there in dust,
From Alan WittertI'm going to be sick. Or fade. Or rust in the dust.
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 01:43 AM
From Chris DolanThe following is an opening comment set alone in a space reserved ahead of the main text in a book of mine, Guitarmaking - Tradition and Technology...
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 02:08 AM
VIVA FUI IN SILVIS
I was alive in the forest
This is an inscription on the face frets of an Elizabethan lute. And, yes it has nothing to do with the violin as it is, but of course such words apply to the violin as well.
From Albert JusticeYou beast! You lovely sexy intoxicating beast! Release me, no don't!
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 02:57 AM
From Yixi ZhangTwo more poems by Jan Zwicky:
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 04:21 AM
What are you thinking, little violin?
What are you singing, my little violin?
I open my books
Like magic, then,
From Sander Marcus(with apologies to Lewis Carroll)
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 01:35 PM
How doth the little violin
How cheerfully it seems to grin.
A violinist's prayer -
Oh, Lord, may I never impune
Keep me from sin and trouble
And with hope I fervently pray
Grant that my brain and dura
And be sure I will never falter
From Anne HorvathPosting the poems
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 04:13 PM
In their entirety a
By the way, Sander,
(Because you are a genius!)
From Sander MarcusAnne: Thank you, but - believe me - I'm no genius. Although...I did say to my wife the other day, "Honey, I just want you to continue to think of me as an ordinary person." She replied, "Oh, you don't have to worry about THAT."
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 04:28 PM
From Maura GeretyAnne,
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 07:22 PM
Depends how old they are. If the author (composer, painter) of something has been dead for at least 75 years, his/her work is in the public domain. Otherwise, just be sure you attribute it.
From Anne HorvathThe reason I asked is that my Yeats collected poetry, published by Scribner, states "All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form". I didn't want to do any harm.
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 07:30 PM
From Maura GeretyOoch. Then again, my Complete Works of Shakespeare also says "Copyright:" with the name of the publishing house below it (strangely, it was printed in Romania), and if anything is old enough to be public domain, it's Shakespeare.
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 08:03 PM
I dislike copyrights in general though, and I think they should expire as soon as the artist/writer/composer, well, expires. They are only useful during the artist's life, so the artist can make a living. But after that...?
Anyway, Anna, I don't think the FBI will come charging in here anytime soon, we're probably fine.
From Sander MarcusMaura and Anne: The copyright issues on the Internet is a brave new world. I don't know how possible it is to truly control or monitor. Also, I believe that for educational purposes, there are situations where you can copy otherwise copy-protected material. But maybe someone on this website can check that out.
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 09:18 PM
From Anne HorvathI didn't mean to spoil everybody's poetry party. I also was worried that someone could get into trouble. How about if Sandy just makes up some new ones?
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 09:47 PM
From Stephen Brivatigreetings,
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 10:58 PM
A Study In Feeling
Ellis Parker Butler
To be a great musician you must be a man of moods,
Monsieur O'Lang had sympathy to such a great degree.
So all agreed that Peterkin Von Gabriel O'Lang
I say "a looking at his hair," I mean just what I say,
And when his soul was troubled he had not the heart to play.
But when his soul was filled with joy he tossed his flowing hair
From Maura GeretyLOL Buri! :)
Posted on April 12, 2007 at 02:58 AM
From Yixi ZhangMaura and Anne,
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 03:10 AM
I agree with Sandy that Internet copyright issues are particularly problematic (such as jurisdictional difficulties and lack of jurisprudence). Generally speaking, copyright law is in very complex and the answer has to be case by case based. Statutes and applicable common law doctrines are different among US, Canada and other commonwealth countries. There are exceptions to the copyright and the doctrine of fair dealing is often used as a defence. You may want to take a look at the following sites if you haven’t dozed off by now:
Any IP lawyer here?
From Yixi ZhangI can’t find any ancient Chinese poems on Erhu but here is one about lute and lute playing, which is pretty scary looking:^)
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 02:53 AM
On Listening to Someone Play the Lute
A beautiful woman sets down her lute, seated here in my hall;
From David GHafiz, "The Violin"
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 03:40 AM
When the violin can forgive the past
it starts singing.
When the violin can stop worrying
About the future
You will become such a drunk laughing nuisance
That God will then lean down
And start combing you into His hair.
When the viloin can forgive
Every wound caused by others
The heart starts singing.
We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.
From kimberlee drayWOW David. Thank You. You cannot underestimate how much I needed to read that poem today.
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 03:02 PM
From David GGreat! The notation is is off, but when I posted I did not have time to revise it. Hafiz had some beautiful things to say :)
Posted on April 14, 2007 at 05:13 PM
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