“The Ballad of Mauthausen” is a cycle of four arias with lyrics based on poems written by Greek poet Iakovos Kambanellis (1922-2011), a Mauthausen concentration camp survivor, and music written by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis (1925-2021). The Song of Songs How beautiful she is, my beloved! Ιn her everyday dress Αnd a little comb… (συνέχεια…)
Άρθρα με ετικέτα ‘Joan Baez’
In the song, Joan Baez recounts an out-of-the-blue phone call from Bob Dylan, which sends her a decade back in time, to a “crummy” hotel in Greenwich Village (a neighbourhood in New York City) in about 1964 or 1965. She recalls giving him a pair of cufflinks, and surmises that memories bring “diamonds and rust”.
The technique employed by Bob Dylan to write the song was to construct the verses as a series of “lists” of the attributes of the eponymous Sad-Eyed Lady. These “lists” are complemented by a sequence of rhetorical questions about the Lady which are never answered within the song. The lyrics are glorious. The repeated long vowels give it a sonorous, romantic… (συνέχεια…)