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Creative Interpretation

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Derek Jenkins

on 3 June 2013

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Transcript of Creative Interpretation

Can a wordless tune tell a story? How does the music make you feel? What do you see? Does the song tell a story? What's that story about? Because it is from an opera, we can actually know the story Wagner intended to tell, but the expressiveness of the music has given it a currency independent of that story. Can a painting have the same effect? About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on. Musee des Beaux Arts WH Auden And artists continue to draw their inspiration in their interpretations of other media. ...some more obvious than others. Let's listen to some music that was inspired by airports while we consider other creative approaches to interpretation.
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