Thursday, March 26, 2009

I hear those voices that will not be drowned

Well, here is a memorial to a famous composer. It has caused quite a bit of controversy but I think it's great - especially if you have small children who can crawl underneath it. Do you like it or loathe it?


Virtual brownie points to anyone who can answer the following:


Which composer does it commemorate?
What is the significance of the inscription?
What is the name of the local brewery?

For an extra gold star, can you think of any other unusual memorials to composers or musicians? The quirkiest one I can think of is a local pub called "The King's Head", which has a picture of Jimi Hendrix on the sign.

Over to you!

13 comments:

DarceysDad said...

No idea Ali. Is it at Bretton?

saneshane said...

Admans is near by is it not?

and Maggi Hambling is great.. not sure if her sculpture is to my taste, but one hell of a character.

gremlinfc said...

Benjamin Britten - the Scallop- at Aldeburgh - much vandalised - I like it very much though...

gremlinfc said...

"I hear those voices that will not be drowned", is the inscription but not sure about the breweerry -

gremlinfc said...

As far as I know the inscription is taken from Britten's opera Peter Grimes

ToffeeBoy said...

Excellent! Definite ToffeeBoy thumbs up.

CaroleBristol said...

I whizzed past the other posts,

It is Maggie Hambling's memorial to Benjamin Britten at Southwold.

The local brewert is Adnams and I think the inscription is from Peter Grimes.

CaroleBristol said...

Oh yeah, and it is beautiful.

Shoey said...

His (Benji's) daughter, was an English teacher at my school. **Michael Caine voice** not a lot of people know that.

AliMunday said...

Saaneshane, Gremlinfc, CaroleB and Shoey get all the points. DsD gets one for good effort and Toffeeboy can have one as well, just for fun.

It looks better from the other direction, i.e. looking towards the sea, but the light was all wrong hence the view of the cars in the background.

Oh yes, and mine's a pint of Regatta ...

treefrogdemon said...

http://www.maybole.org/news/2009/February/buddy%20holley%20center.jpg

I expect most people know two things about Buddy Holly - he died in a plane crash and he wore big black glasses. So it might not be too surprising that the Buddy Holly Centre in Lubbock has these glasses outside...except for the story I'm about to tell you...

Buddy's glasses were recovered from the wreckage of the plane but instead of being put with the body, as you'd expect, they were sent to the sheriff's office in Clear Lake as 'evidence'. Since Buddy, while fulfilling the middle criterion of rock'n'roll fame (die young) didn't manage the third (leave a beautiful corpse) he wouldn't have had an open-coffin funeral and the glasses weren't missed.

21 years later they turned up (along with the Big Bopper's watch) in a drawer at the sheriff's office, and someone thought 'hmm - maybe we should returen these to his family.' And now they're in the museum. But, I don't know, I think I'd have put something else outside. A guitar, say.

Can I have my gold star?

debbym said...

Don't know any good memorials, but I do love (and very much miss) Adnams, so could I have a consolation star for that please?

AliMunday said...

Treefrogdemon, you definitely get a huge gold star and DebbyM, I am winging my way to the Solbay Inn by virtual helicopter and I will drop off your consolation star and a couple of barrels of Broadside / Regatta (whatever takes your fancy)on the way. Just don't stand outside in case they roll about when they hit the deck.