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Gerace Celebrates Edward Lear

I found this article only a few days ago: it reports that Gerace, a small town in Calabria, put up a plaque last June to celebrate Edward Lear’s two visits to the town. Here is a photograph: The plaque reads: … Continue reading

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Slingsby’s Ode to Nonsense

Ode to Nonsense, the first opera devoted to Edward Lear’s life, will premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 26 April, and will be on until 4 May. You should watch the Making-of videos on Vimeo (Episode 1, Episode 2), as … Continue reading

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Parrots, Music, and More

Robert Peck has kindly obtained permission to upload his article on Edward Lear’s ornithological illustrations from the latest issue of Landscope (vol. 28 no. 2, summer 2012-13): A Passion for Parrots (pdf file, 1.19MB). A great Christmas present for all … Continue reading

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The Nonsense Songs of Edward Lear – A Song-Cycle

I am terribly late announcing this, but I hope many of will be able to attend. The Nonsense Songs Of Edward Lear – A Song-Cycle By David Lawrence The first performance of this work, composed to mark the 200th anniversary … Continue reading

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Music and Dance for Edward Lear

If you are in Oxford for the Edward Lear Bicentennial Conference (two days left to register), you might like to attend Nonsense: with Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra at the Story Museum, on 21 September, 6-7.30 pm. An evening … Continue reading

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Some New Bicentenary Events

Having been away from home for some time, I am late to announce this concert, but there will be another on on 23 March: However, Benjamin Charvner has kindly sent me this version of Cold Are the Crabs for your … Continue reading

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The Earliest Recording of The Owl and the Pussy-cat

The Library of Congress has just launched a new site, National Jukebox, which makes historical recordings available. Among the many jewels is also the Haydn Quartet version of “The Owl and the Pussy-cat.” In a previous post, I had dated … Continue reading

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Mr. Lear Show-Case, Some Extracts

Benjamin Charavner sent out some extracts from the show I mentioned a few weeks ago, Mr. Lear Show-Case; the recording, as he notes, is not high quality, but acceptable: “c’est juste une photo sonore d’un moment qui fut, pour tout … Continue reading

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Who is Karel Drofnatski?

I first came across Karel Drofnatski’s name when reading a review of Bryn Terfel’s CD Silent Noon (DG 000289 477 5336 0, 2004) which includes arrangements of Edward Lear’s “There was an old man with a nose” (“The Aquiline Snub”) … Continue reading

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Lear on Facebook

I did not know Edward Lear had a Facebook profile until Benjamin Charavner emailed me. On the other hand, who hasn’t one nowadays? I find the music there stangely meloobious.

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