Downton Meets Dallas: Bates vs Ewing
RIP Larry Hagman 1931-2012
The well-known pianist, Lucy Parham, has teamed up with Brendan Coyle, better known as John Bates from the popular series, Downtown Abbey, to make sumptuous music together.
Brendan’s role was to lure us into the rather complicated life of Claude Debussy, while Lucy played suitable musical illustration to the informative text. If this sounds a bit instructive and boring it certainly was not; I never realized what a complicated life Debussy led and how this is reflected so clearly in his music.
This boy genius from humble background was accepted at the world famous Conservatoire in Paris at the age of 10, and won the coveted Prix de Rome allowing him a two-year stay at the Villa Medici with other artists. Much reason for joy, one would have thought. But not so for Debussy, who struggled vehemently to find his own way, his unique way of representing his feelings about his life and the world in which he lived in in his music. Only very close friends were not seen by him as a hindrance to that. His many women and two wives didn’t give him much to enjoy, either.
His ambition was to capture the metamorphosis of sound, not ‘just the development of a single line of melody’. Les Poissons d’or captures this well, the shimmering, floating effect of the piano, fingers dancing over the keys, just touching so lightly reflect the elegance of the golden carp perfectly. His love song for Lily, his first wife (La fille aux cheveux de lin) shows him at his most romantic, happy self. The stark modernism in Des pas sur la neige illustrates so well Debussy’s artistry; here is a truly modern musician, trying to lead the way for classical music. With L’apresmidi d’un Faune and Clair de lune, he clearly achieved this, and set the tone of what was to come.
One can only wonder what this man would have created had he been with us for longer. Brendan Coyle managed to show us the charm of this complicated, gifted man who died age 33 from cancer, while the elegant, totally absorbed Lucy brought to life all the pieces so we could feel his real power. It will be interesting to see how Dominic West will tackle this gentle, explosive genius when the performance travels to the Wigmore Hall in December. The setting in Middle Temple is peerless, that’s for sure!
See, it’s already pretty much done. All you have to do is ACTUALLY MAKE IT A THING!
Who here can say they have been mentioned in the Downton Abbey Series 3 Press Pack? My good friend Mr. Bates Legal Team, that’s who!
It’s actually a good thing Brendan didn’t get your name perfectly correct because then we wouldn’t be able to live you you at all. Hopefully this keeps you humble.
“On Twitter there’s a Legal Bates team and there was a Free Bates rally in San Francisco recently. Free Bates car stickers are quite a thing over there. In fact fans have started making a whole load of Free Bates merchandise. Licensing? Now you’re talking…”
Aw, shucks. Thank you my dear HWW. I will always have time for, eh, some of you. Damn I look good on a building
I Believe In Mr. Bates
I BELIEVE IN MR. BATES, OBVIOUSLY
Damn, I was gonna try to be clever and think of an O but nothing came to me. 1-0 FRS!
Noticed that when I made it. Was wondering which of you turkeys would jump on it. FRS you win the BIMBO. It’s all yours.
You know how on Sunday, no matter what, you have to call home to talk to your mom? Well, with all the gag orders in place, what did the DA cast have to talk about while filming was still going on?
DA: Hi Mum
Mum: Hi dear. How have you been?
Mum: Ok, well, how’s work?
Mum: I heard you were filming on location, did you get to go?
Mum: Are you going to be doing anymore shooting abroad?
Mum: How’s everything with your coworkers?
Mum: Will I get to see you next month or will you still be busy shooting?
DA: I’ll have to check with the lawyers to see if I can tell you that.
Mum: Ok, well it was good to hear your voice anyway. Will I hear from you next Sunday?
Mum: Ok then. Love you
DA: Love you too Mum. Good chat.