Today’s post is inspired by Writingtutortips’ post about ekphrasis. Funny name for something simple, right? Since I suck at writing definitions, I’m just going to steal theirs (which is quite beautiful, and says it all!):
Ekphrasis is a term that generally refers to a rhetorical device that attempts to create a piece of art that relates to another piece of art in another medium. A common form of ekphrasis is a piece of writing (often a poem) which is inspired by/attempts to relate with a visual medium such as painting.
I’m not the biggest art guru, but I am a music mogul. I’ll use a piece I’ve been listening to and learning to play for a few weeks. It’s a piece by the underrated French romantic Gabriel Fauré. I’m going to post here the piano accompaniment to this mélodie. A mélodie is the French counterpart of the German Lieder or art song, which is a simple piece usually consisting of just a voice and a piano set to the words of an existing piece of poetry. I’m not sure who wrote the poetry to Claire de Lune but I feel I enjoy the piano on its own just as much.
And here is my ekphrasis:
The memory scratches and pricks on the outer membrane of my mind. Sunswept corridors on Sunday afternoons. I exit my room, I hear you, I walk. But the house is empty, only the fingers of the sun fall through our windows. I hear laughing outside. Is it the children? Or is it you? You who sat here, on this armoire, you who listened to me play and did your crossword and chuckled and said “What a classic.” Those times of classic. Those times of classicism. Now we have moved––to a period of romanticism, dancing on the notes and nuances of loneliness. I yearn. But the night falls soon.