“I dreamed that there was an organ placed in my master’s woolshed; the wool-shed faded away, and the organ seemed to grow and grow amid a blaze of brilliant light, till it became like a golden city upon the side of a mountain, with rows upon rows of pipes set in cliffs and precipices, one above the other, and in mysterious caverns, like that of Fingal, within whose depths I could see the burnished pillars gleaming. In the front there was a flight of lofty terraces, at the top of which I could see a man with his head buried forward towards a keyboard, and his body swaying from side to side amid the storm of huge arpeggioed harmonies that came crashing overhead and round. Then there was one who touched me on the shoulder, and said, ‘Do you not see? It is Handel’; but I had hardly apprehended, and was trying to scale the terraces, and get near him, when I awoke, dazzled with the vividness and distinctness of the dream."
Butler described a musical landscape that sang out to him, both beautiful and discordant. The music of George Frideric Handel was a source of great inspiration to him and he managed to cart a piano up to Mesopotamia that took up half his hut. Musical content for our project has been composed and created by Demarnia Lloyd.