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.
The Art of Spoken Word
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