Victor Vertunni | Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

by Victor Vertunni

Some of the most emotionally charged and challenging lyrics ever written, 'beautifully sung' in catchy and subtly-crafted contemporary musical settings with jazz, folk and flamenco resonances.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Lamb (Feat. Deborah Eckman)
2:57 $0.99
2. Nurse's Song (Songs of Innocence)
2:25 $0.99
3. A Little Boy Lost
3:43 $0.99
4. The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)
3:00 $0.99
5. Holy Thursday (Songs of Experience)
4:47 $0.99
6. I Prophetic See (from The Little Girl Lost) (Feat. Leo Vertunni)
2:19 $0.99
7. My Pretty Rose Tree
1:43 $0.99
8. A Poison Tree
4:55 $0.99
9. The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Experience)
3:09 $0.99
10. The Fly
4:41 $0.99
11. The Tyger
3:48 $0.99
12. Ah! Sun-Flower
2:34 $0.99
13. The Voice Of The Ancient Bard (Feat. Leo Vertunni)
0:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
About the CD
Victor Vertunni's stunning first release is inspired by William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794),an illustrated poetical work, 'showing the two contrary states of the human soul'. Victor Vertunni's emotional and reflective vocals and Deborah Eckman's shimmering harmonies combine with sumptiously atmospheric soundscapes to create an intense and "beautifully crafted" musical experience with folk, pop-rock, jazz and flamenco resonances. The album features an international ensemble of musicians: Leo Vertunni (guitar, bass and production) Ruslan Pashynskyi (saxophone, flutes,clarinet) , Didier Lamothe (accordion) and Josef Brazda (violin). Amedeo Luviè on cajon and basist Maxim Vertunni, provide a lively pulse to a catchy yet subtle album that provides a key to Blake's universe.

Victor is a London born actor and singer-songwriter. After graduating in theatre studies at the University of East Anglia he worked on a variety of theatre productions before co-founding the international theatre ensemble Theatre of Eternal Values. He has performed his original musical adaptations of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience in venues and festivals across Europe and in the USA. The song "Ah! Sun-Flower" is featured in the award winning motion picture, The Italian Ke (2011). Other songs are part of the theatrical production "Eternity in an Hour", first performed at the Helsinki International Arts Festival 2008 followed by performances in Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and USA at The New York International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2010.

‘The beautiful voice and narration of Victor Vertunni set a quiet, yet dramatic quality, in which Blake’s visionary message was brought alive.’ Marion Drew
(Extra Extra)

Truly beautifully sung, it goes deep into your heart.

Thanks for giving us this beautifully crafted CD and wishing it a golden, star-studded success. May these exquisite songs ripple into everyone’s heart. (Mrs R Maitland-Hume, UK)

My take on Blake

"Blake's earliest poetry was evidently circulated, not as printed books or as manuscripts but as songs" G.E. Bentley Jr The Stranger from Paradise

England's greatest visionary artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827) was born ahead of his time and his work was not widely appreciated or understood until our own day. A number of prominent twentieth century writers such as WB Yates and Aldous Huxley, and singer songwriters like Jim Morison, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen were inspired by Blake and today his popularity has reached global proportions. There are over 13 million listings on google (compared to around 12 million for Picasso) and almost 2 million alone for "Songs of Innocence and of Experience".

Being the father of English Romanticism, William Blake's poetry is read in schools, but the musical dimension of Blake’s visionary work is almost entirely overlooked. Yet music, song-writing and singing are an integral part of his overall creative process and practice. According to his friend J.T. Smith, Blake 'was entirely unacquainted with the science of music', yet, 'his ear was so good, his tunes were sometimes most singularly beautiful, and were noted down by musical professors.' Although no trace of that sublime music has surfaced yet, I like to think Blake wouldn't have minded our playful attempts at filling that silence. "

I believe that the Songs of Innocence and of Experience need to be sung to fully express the stories and the feelings of The Chimney Sweeper or A Little Boy Lost. My own take on the musical rendering of his songs follows biographical accounts that William Blake preferred popular airs and folk music to elaborate chamber or orchestral compositions. The fact that he sang his songs to people places him in the bardic tradition, characterised by direct contact with the audience.

This CD has come to fruition in its current form thanks to the rays of musical sunshine that my talented sons and friends have cast on a handful of simple tunes. It is a labour of love that has grown in unpredictable bursts of inspiration since my student days. In the late 90s I started singing them to friends during the warm summer evenings at our home in Italy. Eventually this lead to concerts around Europe and an unplugged acoustic recording in 2004, which is the basis of the more elaborate and contemporary arrangements in the current CD. In 2005 my collaboration with actors in Theatre of Eternal Values led to the inclusion of some of the songs in two theatrical productions based on W.B's life and work, William Blake's Divine Humanity (New Player's Theatre, London West End, Blake250 festival 2007) and Eternity in a Hour in which I play the role of Bard. In 2010 Ah! Sun-Flower was chosen by the Director Rosa Karo and film music composer Tuomas Kantelinen for the soundtrack of the award-winning* motion picture "The Italian Key" (released 2011)


Lyrics William Blake (1757-1857)
Music, Voice, Guitar Victor Vertunni
Voice, Harmonies Deborah Eckman
Acoustic, Classical, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar ( in track 6) Leo Vertunni
Electric Bass, Double Bass, Maxim Vertunni
Cajon, Drums, Percussion Amedeo Luviè
Bansuri (Indian Flute), Sopilka (Ukrainian Flute), Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Keys Ruslan Pashynskyi
Violin Josef Brazda
Accordion Didier Lamothe

Musical Production and Arrangements by Leo Vertunni
with additional material by Deborah Eckman, Ruslan Pashynskyi
Sound engineering, mixing and mastering by Daniele Mandelli, helped by Alex Lizzori
Recorded at Elfo Recording Studio, Tavernago PC
Graphic Design by Massimo Luvié
Cover artwork by Maxim Vertunni


1. The Lamb
2. The Nurse’s Song
3. The Little Boy Lost
4. The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)
5. Holy Thursday (Songs of Experience)
6. I Prophetic See
7. My Pretty Rose Tree
8. A Poison Tree
9. The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Experience)
10. The Fly
11. The Tyger
12. Ah! Sun-Flower
13. The Voice of the Ancient Bard



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