Wales had a Renaissance - Herbert - Vaughan
alchemy and architecture. a band
tenor plus a string section perform
sound like Gabrieli - as bystanders
to Death’s Droste effect. Dylan Thomas
and not his father is dead - and we hear
music in three parts do sad commerce
with homophony - San Marco brought near
to a Welsh valley so that opposing
choirs and mid-space weave loft and high web
the dead are strung in. the composer
Stravinsky has made sure Venice ebbs
out of Wales - settles in a green bay
to harbour that spider and its prey.
18 May 2021
When I heard this piece I thought of the Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli ( 1552 - 1612 ) and then learned how the layout of San Marco shaped his music. Venice is the ultimate cathédrale engloutie.