Friday, November 05, 2010

Exploited for the symphony-going public

'Eight freedom songs Merton had written a few years earlier had been set to music by Alexander Peloquin for a young black singer who had subsequently disappeared to Ireland to take part in a successful show. In the end Peloquin used the songs in a symphony for Eileen Farrell, and Merton found himself accused of selling out, of using the sorrows of the black race simply as material to be exploited for the symphony-going public' - from The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton by Michael Mott
* John Jacob Niles' less accident prone setting of Thomas Merton's The Responsory features in my Chance Music homage to Catalonia. Listen to the podcast here.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

From a Thomas Merton website I see the singer the song settings were originally intended for was Robert Lawrence Williams -

http://fatherlouie.blogspot.com/2007/07/making-your-way-freely-in-jungle.html

More details of Alexander Peloquin's Freedom Songs here -

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Q_-MB735l0EC&pg=PA368&lpg=PA368&dq=thomas+merton+alexander++Peloquin&source=bl&ots=KsN3kuWyEX&sig=fV-1UmdJ9mhW54jlMZx3W4OpoZ4&hl=en&ei=Y1nUTPrbEuaR4gaMydD8Aw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CDQQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=thomas%20merton%20alexander%20%20Peloquin&f=false