Composer, arranger and jazz vocalist Carol Nethen brilliantly invokes her classical Muse and conjures up clouds of ether and mystery with her accompaniment to a Victorian era work titled “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Just re-released by The Spencer Library, the project creatively pairs fine literature with what amounts to sonic poetry. Taking the time to explore rich chords, amazingly rendered moods and negative space, Nethen adds a stunning layer of unease to the tale.
“It’s an eerie story. I composed it like a film score and was inspired to write à la Chopin as if the woman also played piano. I simply imagined what she might play. As she describes the winding, twisting patterns of the wallpaper, so go the melodies.”
For more information, visit https://thespencerlibrary.com/titles/the-yellow-wallpaper.
Photos courtesy of Carol West.
(c) Debbie Burke 2020