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Ralph Hoyte | Christabel Released (After Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

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Christabel Released (After Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

by Ralph Hoyte

a Gothic ballad sound-poem (green snake demonesses, hoary old warriors, bards and innocent maids!) and completion of Coleridge's unfinished Gothic masterpiece 'Christabel'
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Midnight Wood
8:33 $0.99
2. Geraldine
14:33 $0.99
3. Christabel Is Wildered
9:29 $0.99
4. Bracy Is Sent on a Mission
14:06 $0.99
5. Tryermaine Castle
8:30 $0.99
6. Christabel's Mind Is Mazed
8:49 $0.99
7. Bracy's Fate
9:54 $0.99
8. Christabel's Dream
4:55 FREE
9. Sir Roland De Vaux
10:01 $0.99
10. A Promenade
8:30 $0.99
11. Mother Mild
9:44 $0.99
12. The Mastiff Bitch
8:19 $0.99
13. Bracy Returns
7:41 $0.99
14. The Banquet
10:10 $0.99
15. Geraldine 'tis Thou
4:17 $0.99
16. The Hunt Rides
7:07 $0.99
17. Death in the Combe
8:20 $0.99
18. All Is Lost
5:07 $0.99
19. Bracy Petitions the Gods
5:59 $0.99
20. The Conclusion to Christabel
2:30 $0.99
21. Background and Creative Process
6:40 FREE
22. Plot of Christabel Released
8:18 FREE
23. Credits & Permissions
3:48 FREE
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Album Notes
Samuel Taylor Coleridge never completed his Gothic ballad, Christabel. After starting it in the Quantock Hills of Somerset at the turn of the 18th century, he completed only 2 parts (and 'a conclusion'), leaving poor Christabel languishing in limbo for over 200 years. I am a Bristol-UK based poet and writer specializing in long 'walk-poems', epics and sagas. During a residency with the Quantocks AONB a while back now, I felt impelled to rescue Christabel by completing Coleridge's original work. I have called my completion 'Christabel Released'.

Christabel Released is a true epic ballad of nearly 3 hours in total (with added soundtrack). It starts with Coleridge's extant ballad and then allows the protagonists to work through their own fates. Christabel Released is, I hope, 'in a Coleridgean voice' and is written in homage to Coleridge and the Golden Triangle of Coleridge, William and Dorothy Wordsworth who created 'Romantic poetry' ('the poetry of nature, of the sublime') in the closing years of the 18th century in the Quantock Hills of Somerset. ChristabelReleased was premiered at a weekend performance by me at the suitably Gothic Halsway Manor in the Quantocks to the accompaniment of an 18th century banquet, music of the period and by candlelight with guests staying over the weekend. I am now endeavouring to make Christabel Released better known and more widely available.

RIP STC, Sarah Coleridge, William and Dorothy Wordsworth (Ralph Hoyte, poet 2019/Bristol/UK)

I am especially grateful to the Freesound artists who either offered their sfx free to use, or with attribution; and especially to Flavien Gillie for express permission to use 'Cloche d’enterrement' (burial bells)(Freesound) as well as to Christian Fennesz to use 'Hikari' (Fennesz – Hikari: Written & performed by Christian Fennesz; Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd: www.fennesz.com). Full attributions when required are on the last track: Credits & Permissions'.



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