Laurie Lee in Toro - in the middle of 1935

from As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, pages 70-71:

[T]he evening deepened with a hot green light as the town prepared for the coming procession… Slowly, to the sound of a drum and trumpet, the shuffling procession emerged, and the crush of spectators standing nearest the church fell to their knees as though they’d been sprayed with bullets. The dry beat of the drum and naked wail of the trumpet sounded as alien as I could wish, conjuring up in the glow of this semi-African twilight an extraordinary feeling of fear and magic. Was it the death of their saint they were so lugubriously celebrating with their black banners and dripping …   more >>
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Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Harmondsworth, 1974), p. 70-71. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Toro


Laurie Lee

Listening to

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processional music for a Spanish patronal festival

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1935
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:58:44 +0100