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(Entry: August 27th, 2005)
Music for Thomas Hardy
After nearly ten years of hoarding it in the storeroom, I decided to take out a gift (now yellowed ) of a complete Thomas Hardy edition. On the rationale that an artist's last work is usually his greatest (see Wagner, Parsifal ) decidedto tackle "Jude the Obscure" first. ...
Omigawd what an utterly depressing read! Felt sick to the eyeballs when it was all over. This work must be considered masterful then, to have such an effect on the reader.Definitely not recommended reading for pregnant women with sensitive natures.
Fortunately I chose not to play my fave composers' music while reading this dark novel. Picked Elgar's symphonies, which I rarely listen to, for musical wallpaper. Had it been anything by Wagner, this new added association with the gloom of "Jude the Obscure" would have coloured my future Wagner listening sessions, even if there was no Hardy in my hands.;)With the rest of these gloomy(?) Hardy novels awaiting to be read, now could be a good time to buy more Vaugh Williams CDs. :lmao::lmao::lmao:Interestingly, it seems that whatever music I had sampled from English composers who were Hardy's contemporaries, they had the same melancholic flavour. Sheer coincidence?
Next week, Tess of the d'Ubervilles...