It takes fine craftsmanship to achieve a perfect partnership between text and music in which neither element overshadows the other. This week, we’ll listen to a fascinating array of spoken word and music by composers like Aaron Jay Kernis, Joseph Schwantner, David Lang, and more who are striving to achieve this symmetry.
Scott Johnson: How it Happens (The Voice of I.F. Stone) (excerpt)
Aaron Jay Kernis: Goblin Market, Part II, Scenes 2 & 3
The New Professionals/Rebecca Miller; Mary King, narrator
Martin Butler: The Tummy Beast fr. The Dirty Beasts
Soundwood Ensemble/David Campbell; Richard Stilgoe, narrator
Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World (excerpt)
David Lang: On Being Hit on the Head and On Hearing the Voice of God fr. Are You Experienced?
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne/Vaillancourt
Michael Daugherty: Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover
Lee Hyla: Howl
Kronos Quartet, Alan Ginsburg, voice