The book, The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, is thus far very interesting. Pieced together from Lionel Logue’s diaries and letters, it chronicles his life. Alas, not much about his methods of teaching, which I had hoped for, but many other details, nonetheless. A good read if the movie intrigued you.
Here’s an extremely interesting and insightful discussion between someone from the British stammering organization and actor Colin Firth, who describes his own experiences with speech problems.
Haven’t yet read the book of the same name written by the grandson of the Australian therapist who worked with the King, but said copy should arrive soon. It promises more insights into how to work with singers, who face many of the same fears.
Quote below is from an article by David Brooks, Columnist, New York Times
“If you want to get highfalutin about it, this strain started in the 19th century when Ralph Waldo Emerson and other lesser lights offered audiences recipes for self-improvement. The man and woman of character, they said, must possess a well-furnished mind. You may be a salesman or a farmer or a housewife, but you have a responsibility to be familiar with the best that has been thought and said.”
Yours truly loves to go into the Freer, at The Smithsonian, and just sit quietly in Whistler’s Peacock Room, absorbing the glorious golden gloom, and a favorite portrait… so this gray afternoon we did just that.
Not wanting to “waste” the visit, we crossed the Mall for a glimpse of The Hope Diamond’s new setting. Not our style, those cool colors, but a quick turn round the gemstones got the warmth back just in time to paddle over the Potomac for closing night of Signature’s Sunset Boulevard. The things they do there are absolutely fabulous.
Meaning the character Dorothy L. Sayers created, of course. Having seen and enjoyed Ian Carmichael’s version for BBC years ago (there are two versions with different actors), yours truly was delighted to find all Sayers’ writings collected into one paperback, and available at a favorite used book store, Selected Works.
DVD sets are also available of the Carmichael version, and Amazon has some excellent comments about them. This author feels Carmichael is by far the better of the two actors in capturing the spirit of the character. That said, the other version includes stories that the Carmichael series doesn’t.
Decide which version you like. Or try a local library to see if they’ve got a set. Or add them to your Netflix list. If you’re a British mystery fan, you won’t be disappointed.
With Granados, yours truly studies the words continually, the piano accompaniment, and has done considerable reading and listening to Granados himself. In addition to simply learning the music. For 30+ years.
Is she a slow learner? No. As one’s character grows, so does one’s experience, and understanding. So more can be brought to bear on one’s studies. The mark of a good composer is one who always has more to say.
However, how the singer interprets musically the emotions evoked by the music is totally personal.
This author’s taken you on an exploratory trip through one composer’s song cycle, but you must make your own journeys, Dear Ones.