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Thread #142469   Message #3850919
Posted By: Jim Carroll
17-Apr-17 - 09:20 PM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
"Jack, thank you for informing me about MacColl's Brechtian work."
Anybody who joined the Critics Group was presented with a number of voice exercises to assist with a number of singing exercises to assist with pitch, small and larrge intervals.... etc
My particular favourite was Brecht's 'Lament for the Death of a Comrade'
I still us it and it still brings a lump to the throat
The Singers Cub introduced themed 'Feature Evenings' into their Prgramme
One of the favourites, was the 'Crime and Criminals' theme, and one of the high points was a section which started with 'The Cruel Mother' ballad, then MacColl's adaptation of Brecht's 'Marie Farrar', finishing with the Children's version of the opening ballad, ' Weela, Weela Wila'
It invariably brought the house down.
MacColl's efforts at poetry are not widely known, but he wrote a magnificent epic piece on the Vietnam War, very much in the Brechtian style, for one of the Festival of Fools shows in the mid-sixties.
MacColl admired Brecht greatly and often quoted him, but occasionally commented (with a mixture of pride and wry resentment) that The Berliner Ensemble in East Berlin owed him a small fortune for the performance of his plays, which were a feature of their repertoire until their demise (long after MacColl's death)
Jim Carroll