Thursday, November 1, 2007 November Woods
Arnold Bax wrote the tone poem November Woods in 1917 one of those moody, vaguely melodic British pieces, a dramatic depiction of a stormy woodland and all that. Here's a contemporary review and here we learn that this tone poem is really about his affair with one Harriet Cohen. The two of them would meet clandestinely in a small pub in Amersham, at the edge of the woods covering the nearby Chiltern Hills, where Bax had once sheltered from a November storm whilst sneaking about. That's cool, and it is romantic in a sort of Emily Brontλ way but this is Los Angeles, and we don't have the mist-shrouded and mysterious English countryside, or the storms.
On the first day in November we do have Franklin Canyon and Heavenly Pond they will have to do. Claudette Colbert's famous hitch-hiking scene in "It Happened One Night" was filmed here in 1935 romantic enough, perhaps, or close enough. And the woods are moody. But there's no Harriet Cohen just ducks.