Dante’s Inferno has long been one of my favorite things to read; in all humility, I can state I have read through it at least 60 times in the 12 years I have owned my Ciardi edition of it. And in full disclosure of my horrific addiction to the Canticle of Hell, I can say that over the years I have actually purchased 5 other copies of it, if only to have a variety of footnotes to compare and learn from in the varying editions (the Sayers edition being probably the most complete, though I still prefer the Ciardi edition simply since it was the first). In recent days I have taken a course covering the entire Divine Comedy through Paradiso, and even though I figured I had a fairly strong grasp on the work, it is interesting that there were some pretty strong facets that escaped me, which I was glad to have brought to my attention. Now that my focus has been brought towards Purgatorio and Paradiso (both of which I have also read previously, though nowhere near the extent I have Inferno), the first thing I thought when overviewing the two was the inclusion of music, mostly hymnal, in the latter works, with Inferno being devoid of sound, unless you enjoy having your ears pounded with shrieks.
I thought for a fun little project to occupy my time, as I am pretty damned bored and I see this trend continuing, was to look at some of the themes, places or characters of Inferno and try to place an appropriate song to each Canto. I am sure no one will be amused by this but me; however for some reason, after not checking this blog since the class I started it for ended, I can’t help but notice people are visiting this blog through random Google searches. I can’t for the life of me decide why people are Googling poems, being directed to this blog, and actually reading what I wrote. I hope they are not actually using me as some sort of source to try to analyze poetry they were assigned for various classes, because if that is the case these people probably did very poorly (many mistakes were made and pointed out by the professor I wrote these entries for, but I never corrected them in the blog as it was not needed). But since people are visiting for whatever reasons, I thought there should be at least something to read here that I can actually take credit for, good or bad (or coming off as a pretentious dick, alas). Also because I said I was going to do a little blogging for some friends who are abroad as a New Years Eve resolution, and promptly forgot about it in lieu of drinking heavily.
So in the coming few weeks as I find things that seem appropriate (I already have an idea of songs for a few of the Cantos), I’ll update with some music and some brief explanations of why I chose this song. This will of course require learning how to upload videos onto the blog, if that is even possible, and I am fairly inept at blogging. I think I’ll also include some pictures from the Dore and other Stradano works, since I hate not having them in one spot.
Just as a warning, the music in hell will, for the most part, be loud or fast, or both. There really is no other way.
Tenatively, the posts in this vain will be under “Musical Dante Project.”