I'm working on a piece of music based on a poem by Irish poet W.B. Yeats, and I would love to be able to include some snippets of people speaking some of the lines so I can incorporate them into the music. I wonder if anyone would like to record the poem, or a line or two of it, for me? Male or female, any type of voice at all would be great. The text of the poem is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Memory_of_Eva_Gore-Booth_and_Con_Markiewicz It's hauntingly beautiful, I especially love the line: "the innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time".
Thanks for reading,
I've recorded the second verse here - http://www.freesound.org/people/Speedenza/sounds/167554/ (link should work after moderation).
Some of the texts round the internet (including wikipedia) have strange punctuation which I'm not sure are correct (eg full stop after 'beautiful') But the analysis suggests that's not what Yeats intended - I've read it the way I think it was intended to be read which seems more natural.
Let me know if you want anything else.
Thank you so very much, it sounds fantastic! I know what you mean about the suspicious punctuation, but I think the way you've read it speaks to the meaning of what Yeats was trying to convey.
I wonder if I could prevail on you to record just the opening four lines, and the phrase, "Speak of that old Georgian mansion", as well...? If not, no worries - you've already helped me hugely.
OK - I'll have a go at the other lines for you.
I also recorded your favourite line in a number of different ways - not sure how you're putting it in with the music, but set apart from the surrounding lines allows for different expressions. The recording's here - http://www.freesound.org/people/Speedenza/sounds/167619/ (it's been modded already). Feel free to PM me if you need anything else.
Fantastic work, Speedenza.