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- Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:14:47 +0200
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Responding to David Griffith:

Just to give you an update on Canto LXXV, my quest for the first phrase 
in Munch's handwriting above the music offered 1)Selassi, 2)Salassi 
(yours), 3)Salieri and 4) a question for an interpretation of the 
meaning of "Sidelights".
Ron Bush, who was at the Rome Conference, told me that Pound's 
typescripts of the 'Pisans' were given by Dorothy to Harvard and that 
Harvard had subsequently "misplaced" them! (an enormous problem for his 
book on the Pisans which has been 'in progress' for so long!). As a 
result no current scholar has seen the unreduced p.470 and the 
uncertainty of a number of Munch's written words remains.

Having checked out the above offerings sent to me the most fecund is 
yours. The problem is that so little is known of the Salassi. Strabo is 
sketchy. The best clue is Pound's mind. Given that Pound states in 
Townsman 1.1 that the the birds emerge out of "...god knows what 'hidden 
antiquity'" I think we are pointed toward in the direction of the 
Salassi, with connections yet to be made toward their gold, agriculture 
and an EP's attitude towards the Romans.

If you or others have any comments on the above I'd welcome hearing them.
Bob Hughes

>> David Griffith wrote:
>>> I have suspected that the reference was to the Salassi -- a people 
>>> of the Italian Alpine region who were subjugated by Augustus.  
>>> Perhaps, given the association of the music with bird songs, the 
>>> reference is to the geographic region rather than the historic 
>>> Salassi themselves?
>>> This is just a thought; I don't know of any documentation or 
>>> references to support it.
>>> Hope this helps!
>>> David Griffith
>>> On Jun 13, 2009, at 4:26 AM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>>>> Greetings to members of the Listserv,
>>>> Starting at the small handwritten notations just above the music in
>>>> Canto LXXV one reads the phrase "(Sidelights from Selassi;".While 
>>>> it is
>>>> tempting to associate a meaning with Haile Selassi(e), Emperor of
>>>> Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, an interpretation in that direction seems
>>>> awfully broad for a Canto that is so full of particulars. Also, the 
>>>> name
>>>> is followed by a semicolon which leads into details concerning the
>>>> music. The invasion of Ethiopia was late 1935 and the music had 
>>>> already
>>>> been performed on Pound's concert series in Rapallo. Ellen Keck 
>>>> Stauder
>>>> gives a well reasoned analysis of the hand on p.272 of her excellent
>>>> article on Canto 75 in the Bacigalupo/Pratt _Ezra Pound, Language and
>>>> Persona_. Can anyone account for the spelling of 'ucelli' with only 
>>>> one
>>>> 'c' or whose hand this is? If Munch, he would have known the Canto's
>>>> /manuscript/ information from Pound's pre-concert presentations, both
>>>> vocal and in print.
>>>> Any interpretations concerning this Canto, and particularly the
>>>> "Sidelights from Selassi;" would be very much appreciated.
>>>> Robert Hughes