The Love Bomb
[And Other Musical Pieces]
Collected here are texts for three musical pieces.
"The Fall of Jerusalem" is an oratorio commissioned for
the millennium. The music is by Dominic Muldowney. The text is based
on Josephus's account of the events leading up to Masada. "Haroun
and the Sea of Stories" is an opera, premiered in 2004 by the
New York City Opera. The music is by Charles Wuorinen. The text is
an adaptation of the children's book with which Salman Rushdie made
his reply to the famous fatwa. "The Love Bomb" was written
as an original, libretto for a composer who decided he didn't want
it. I hope that in due course we will find someone to commission John
Harle, the English saxophonist and composer, to write it. The story
is about a suicide cult. All of these poetic texts are intended to
be of interest on the page as well as in performance, and I have included
"The Love Bomb" among my Selected Poems.
From the Publisher:
James Fentons new book consists of three dramatic
pieces, all commissioned to be performed with music: two libretti
and the text of an oratorio. Different pieces for different kinds
of music and different kinds of staging. Yet all three share the same
underlying theme fanaticism.
the Penguin website.
Visit the Farrar,
Straus and Giroux website.
Reviews and Critical Discussions
Keller, Johanna. 'The Fatwa That Begat an Opera.'
New York Times (31 October 2004): 26 (2 pgs).
Matthews, David. 'The Unperformed.' Times Literary
Supplement 5259 (16 January 2004): 22.