Maenad: Instructions for an Improvisation after Sylvia Plath's 'Poem for a Birthday'
Source TitlePlath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies
PublisherIUScholarWorks and Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
University of Melbourne Author/sKillian, Danae
AffiliationVictorian College of the Arts
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKillian, D. (2020). Maenad: Instructions for an Improvisation after Sylvia Plath's 'Poem for a Birthday'. Plath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies, 12 (1), pp.9-13
Access StatusOpen Access
Maenad is an aleatoric musical composition, written in the form of instructions for an improvisation. It imaginatively follows the trajectory of Sylvia Plath’s seven-part “Poem for a Birthday” (1959), which, in its mystical density and complexity, prefigures the narrative of alchemical self-transformation that propels the later Ariel. Maenad is composed in seven episodes, each of which is named, in sequence, after one of the parts of Plath’s “Poem for a Birthday,” and each of which seeks freely to unknot and unravel one or more element in Plath’s extraordinarily rich weave of imagery and associative meaning. The title of the improvisation as a whole—Maenad—takes its name from the third poem in Plath’s sequence, which the female speaker is instructed to declaim in its entirety. Maenad is conceived with the members of Melbourne-based new music ensemble Forest Collective in mind.
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