The final edit of Britten’s songs and Yeats’s poetry was full after I came across an article written by James Rebanks, a shepherd who lives and works within the Lake District. I wrote to ask him if he may contribute to the project, too – his relationship with nature embodied the beliefs of the album. He recorded for us sounds from around his Cumbrian farm – the sheep, a operating brook, rain and rustling leaves – which had been then included into Mychael Danna’s soundscape interludes. At virtually each one of his Aldeburgh festivals, Britten included environmentally themed concert events, lectures and movies. Films by the RSPB featured in 5 different festivals.
In 1971 he shared a movie called The Last of the Wild, about threatened wildlife. In 1969, there was a beachcombing expedition in affiliation with the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society. Today, I educate a Harvard Freshman Seminar entitled “Why … Read More