Multimedia

Multimedia


Audio/Video Renditions of Poems

The two sonnet readings below, one of an exuberant nature poem and one of a so-called “terrible” [i.e. dark, desolate] sonnet, are both by Richard Austin, the premier performer of Hopkins for this generation. His readings are marked by the fact that Richard Austin grew up in the same part of England as Hopkins did, so the intonation and accent are as close to Hopkins’s as we can provide today. Those who would like his rendering of 27 Hopkins poems can purchase his CD Back to Beauty’s Giver by ordering from his website at www.goldenecho.ca.

Another outstanding contemporary performer of Hopkins is Lance Pierson. He too has a CD, this time of some of the lesser-known Hopkins poems, which can be purchased from his website at lpperformer@googlemail.com.

Poem: “The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins”
Reader: Cyril Cusack
Notes: Famous actors from an earlier generation have also recorded Hopkins poems. A 1958 recording by Cyril Cusack where he reads 19 of Hopkins’s poems.

Poem: “The Leaden Echo”
Reader: Richard Burton
Notes: Here is Richard Burton reading the favorite poem of his wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor, namely Hopkins’s “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo”

Title: “The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo”
Director: Margaret Tait
Notes: Another rendition of “The Leaden Echo.” “An film interpretation of the poem ‘The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Margaret Tait speaks the poem throughout the film.” (National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive)

Poem: “Felix Randal”
Reader: Meg Harrington

Poem: “Inversnaid”
Reader: Tom O’Bedlam

Poem: “Spring and Fall”
Reader: Tom O’Bedlam

Poem: “As kingfishers catch fire”
Reader: Tom O’Bedlam

Poem: “Spring”
Reader: Jan Francis

Poem: “God’s Grandeur”
Reader: Richard Austin
Notes: This rendition combines both audio and video, showing Austin reading “God’s Grandeur.” Video by Tim Wilson, see www.goldenecho.ca.

Poem: “The Windhover”
Reader: Elizabeth Whittome


Musical Compositions

Here are links to original musical compositions based on specific Hopkins poems or concepts.

Title: “The Leaden Echo”
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov

Title: “Nondum”
Composer: Benedict Sheehan
Notes: Performed by The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery

Title: “A Nun Takes the Veil”
Composer: Samuel Barber

Title: “Three Inscapes”
Composer: Douglas Lilburn
Movement: “Three Inscapes: I.—”

Title: “Three Inscapes”
Composer: Douglas Lilburn
Movement: “Three Inscapes: II.—”

Title: “Three Inscapes”
Composer: Douglas Lilburn
Movement: “Three Inscapes: III.—”

Title: “Spring and Fall: To a Young Child”
Composer: Natalie Merchant
Notes: A music interpretation of the Hopkins poem, written and performed by Natalie Merchant

Title: “God’s Grandeur”
Composer: Paul Kelly
Notes: A music interpretation of the Hopkins poem, written and performed by Paul Kelly

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