Seeps through the intellectual crevices
Rossini, prince consort of classicism -
Fracking the stream of unending invention -
Creates his own silence
In French, no less.
Hymns the freedom of peoples and nature
Sublime, au naturel
Liberte, redescends des cieux:
Four minutes that define an intellectual continent.
Romantic Rossini greets the dawn.
As German Schiller grants a fleck of meaning
Within the rubric
Of a melancholic radieux
In gaslight and in febrile style
As re/invention terraces these alpine realms
And William Tell
Drunk with desire
Partakes the voice of Verdian power:
All currents connected.
*Paris – the premiere of Rossini’s Guiliame Tell
Gar Jones – April 2014