afternoon of faun

Music Keys and Zodiac Signs

C Major: Aries
(Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 60 in C Major “The Distracted”
Gustav Holst: “Mars the Bringer of War” from The Planets)

C Minor: Scorpio
(Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata K126 in C Minor
Niccolo Paganini: Caprice No. 4 in C Minor
Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino in C Minor Op. 26)

D Major/Minor: Leo
(Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)

E Major: Gemini
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Spring” from the Four Seasons
Edvard Grieg: “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt
Igor Stravinsky: “Augurs of Spring” from Rite of Spring)

E Minor: Virgo
(Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Gustav Holst: “Mercury the Winged Messenger” from The Planets)

F Major: Aquarius
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Autumn” from the Four Seasons
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major
Franz Schubert: “Das Wirtshaus” from Winterreise
Gustav Holst: “Uranus the Magician” from The Planets)

F Minor: Capricorn
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Winter” from the Four Seasons
Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor
Gustav Holst: “Saturn the Bringer of Old Age” from The Planets)

G Major: Libra
(Franz Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 in G Major
Gustav Holst: “Venus the Bringer of Peace” from The Planets)

G Minor: Taurus
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Summer” from the Four Seasons
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance in G Minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Arabian Dance” from The Nutcracker)

A Major/Minor: Cancer
(Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome)

B Major: Sagittarius
(Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major
Hector Berlioz: “Le Spectre de la Rose” from Les Nuits d’Ete
Jean Sibelius: Tapiola
Gustav Holst: “Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets)

B Minor: Pisces
(Frederic Chopin: Prelude No. 6 in B Minor “Homesickness / Tolling Bells”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Kalandar Prince” from Scheherazade
Gustav Holst: “Neptune the Mystic” from The Planets
Maurice Ravel: “Lever du Jour” from Daphnis et Chloe)

anonymous asked:

I love your page, the writings you reblog in particular are very inspiring and beautiful. I'm always looking for new books to read! I'm a lyricist, what poetry or readings do you think could help me improve phrasing/rhyming and my story telling!?!

Thank you very much! I would say that you could learn through successful examples of poetic story-telling. In that case, here are my recommendations:

Transformations, Anne Sexton
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Angela Carter
Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell (album, texts)
Hozier, Hozier (album, texts)
If You Leave, Daughter (album, texts)
Down The Way, Angus and Julia Stone (album, texts)
Poet in New York, Leonard Cohen (album, texts)
Prometheus Unbound, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Gypsy Ballads, Federico García Lorca
Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
Metamorphoses, Ovid
The Life of Mary, Rainer Maria Rilke
The World’s Wife, Carol Ann Duffy
Memorial, Alice Oswald
The Afternoon of a Faun, Stéphane Mallarmé
Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelaire
The Sovereign Sun, Odysseus Elytis
A Guide to Folktales, Catherynne Valente
The Anthropology of Water, Anne Carson
The Wild Iris, Louise Glück
Crush, Richard Siken
The Folding Cliffs, M. S. Merwin

Those are what comes first to mind. I hope you like them!


Evgenia Medvedeva claim titles in Moscow 

Medvedeva delivered an expressive program to “Anna Karenina”, reeling off a triple flip-triple toe combination, a triple Salchow-triple toe as well as three more triple jumps and level-four spins and footwork.

The two-time European champion took in her stride a rare fall on a double Axel, continuing as if nothing had happened. The 17-year-old set a new season’s best with 150.46 points for a total of 231.21.

Kostner’s volatile performance to “The Afternoon of a Faun” by Claude Debussy featured six triple jumps and exquisite footwork and transitions. The five-time European champion earned a season’s-best 141.36 points for a total of 215.98.

Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi landed six triples in her dynamic James Bond routine but she doubled a Salchow. The two-time world junior bronze medallist scored 137.57 points to remain in third place with a total of 207.17.

L"Après-midi d'un Faune
Claude Debussy
L"Après-midi d'un Faune

Poem by Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898)

Those nymphs, I want to make them permanent.
So clear
Their light flesh-pink, it hovers on the atmosphere
Oppressed by bushy sleeps.

Was it a dream I loved?

My doubt, accumulated through the night past, branches out
To many a fine point-no more in fact than twigs-
Proving, alas! that what I’d claimed for trophy, by myself,
Was only my imagination’s lack of roses.

Let’s think …

might not the girls you are describing be
Wishful figments of your mythopoetic senses?
Faun, your illusion flies from that shy girl’s blue eyes,
Does she make, say, a contrast like today’s faint breeze,
Warm on your fleece? Oh, no! this enervating swoon
Of heat, which stifles all fresh dawn’s resistance,
Allows no splash of water but that which my flute
Pours into chord-besprinkled thickets; as for breeze-

Except for my two pipes, blown empty long before
it could have scattered notes in parching rain-the only
Breeze is, out there on the immaculate horizon,
The visible, serene, and calculated breath
Of inspiration, as it is drawn back to heaven…1

1   Claude Debussy, Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun," ed. by William W. Austin (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1970), 23-25.

anonymous asked:

What are you playing in orchestra??

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Schumann: Symphony No. 4



Debussy - Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun…but where are we? And where are we going? We are drawn in by a flute dancing along whole tones, and dipping in and out of more recognizable keys but not landing anywhere that we are familiar with. As cliche as this will sound, this is how Debussy draws us into a more magical world, an uncertain world, a sound space that is full of light and color but always through a veil, or through clouds, there is never a clear picture. With this in mind I understand why Pierre Boulez would argue this 1894 symphonic poem to be the begining of musical Modernism. What I did not know was that this poem wasn’t based off of just the idea of a faun, but rather it was inspired by a literal poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. Mallarmé at first was disappointed to hear Debussy had written music off of his work, feeling that it was egotistical of composers to think they can build off of or improve poetry. However, Debussy invited him to the premiere, and afterward Mallarmé wrote to him saying he was deeply moved and felt Debussy did a fantastic job portraying the feel of his words. In Debussy’s own words, he writes, “The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé’s beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature.”

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any books/poems/short stories that are an atmospheric sort of good? The words that seem to seep into your skin and leave holes in your organs? Perhaps they've left lead in your blood, or maybe it's the way they leave you reeling weeks after you've read them? I know that this is (obviously) a very personal experience with individual stories, so I wouldn't expect a specific genre, if that makes sense? Anyways, thanks so much, and I hope not to bother you.

It really does depend on your taste, but here is a list of books and writings that struck me by their atmospheric depictions, by their intense imagery and hazy mystery :

Bakkhai, Euripides (tr. by Anne Carson)
Grendel, John Gardner
Deathless, Catherynne Valente
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Angela Carter
Le Horla and Other Stories, Guy de Maupassant
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
The World’s Wife, Carol Ann Duffy
A Season in Hell, Arthur Rimbaud
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Rebecca, Daphné du Maurier
Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelaire
The Afternoon of the Faun, Stéphane Mallarmé
Ariel, Sylvia Plath
The Glass Essay, Anne Carson

Symbolism is inherent to fairy tales as well. I would suggest that you come back to original fairy tales (Charles Perrault, Brothers Grimm) for a bloody, fascinating, cathartic read.

You could also check out the texts to these albums; they feature heady tales and enticing, magical worlds :

The Disappearance of the Girl, Phildel
Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell
Aventine, Agnes Obel
Dear, Keaton Henson
My Head is an Animal, OMAM

I hope this helps!

Vaslav Nijinsky in The Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes and first performed in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on 29 May 1912. Comœdia illustré (June 15, 1912). Photos by Studio Walery.

The style of the ballet, in which a young faun meets several nymphs, flirts with them and chases them, was deliberately archaic. The dancers often moved across the stage in profile as if on a bas relief. The ballet rejected classical formalism. The work had an overtly erotic subtext beneath its façade of Greek antiquity, ending with a scene of graphic sexual desire.

Watch on

Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun - Claude Debussy.
This music is so beautiful, get me to that mystifying place and drift me away… Magic and Mystery to your senses.. Goosebumps

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