LUNCHTIME CONCERT: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S ‘THE RAVEN’
A melodrama by Arthur Bergh
First published in January 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic poem ‘The Raven’ is often noted for its musicality, stylised language and supernatural atmosphere, telling of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness.
Arthur Bergh’s piece, first performed in 1909, is true to the melodrama form popularised in the 19th century, with rhythmically spoken words – not sung, sometimes more or less enacted, at least with some dramatic structure or plot – synchronised to piano. Looked down on as a genre for authors and composers of lesser stature (probably the reason virtually no realisations of the genre are still remembered), today we toast the melodramatic with this performance, possibly the first in Scotland.
Speaker – Ken Murray, Piano – Graeme Stevenson
Part of the University of Dundee’s Lunchtime Concert series
When: Friday 20th October, 1.20pm (30 minutes)
Where: Bonar Hall
Tickets: Free, please book a ticket