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Intro to Words and Sounds: Parallels in Writing Music and Literature

March 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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William Michael Harnett - Music and Literature

How do literature and music interrelate, and how can they enliven each other? Join us for the Words and Sounds series led by Ulkar Aghayeva, Daniel Hass, Lily Rock, Jameel Martin, and Ryan Tuozzolo we will discuss intersections between the two and how they can inspire each other.

This first salon will emphasize the convergence points in the creative process of both musical composition and fiction/poetry writing. We will discuss parallel compositional forms in music and literature as well as works of literature influenced by music and vice versa.

How does Paul Celan’s “Death Fugue,” for example, draw on the musical structure of a fugue? And how does Samuel Barber translate James Agee’s short story into music in his piece “Knoxville. Summer 1915”? Discussion topics could include the foundations of poetry in song, William Blake’s musical and literary talent, and role of counterpoint in Hemingway’s writing.

There will be lots to discuss!


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March 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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Ulkar Aghayeva