Sylvia Townsend Warner in Maiden Newton - 25 March, 1962

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 280:

In the afternoon I sorted drawers, & mended my Newton Abbot shirt to go to Italy.  And listened to Messaien's Catalogue des Oiseaux.  The first time I had liked him.  He has worked out a genuine piano resonance for the bird songs that are so nearly cries; a very fine Oriol in an oak tree; its sharp bitter-sweet summer voice. A passage of choral curlews that nearly undid me & perhaps most impressive of all, an Alpine chough flying alone up a snowy pass. The birds are realist-formulae; the back-grounds are landscapes - very much as in old bird pictures, the landscape …   more >>

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 280. accessed: 15 July, 2024

location of experience: Maiden Newton


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Catalogue des Oiseaux
written by Olivier Messiaen

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 March, 1962
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:10:21 +0100
Approved on Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:51:49 +0100