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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Music for the Masters

Recently I've been listening to the Writers at Cornell podcast series (also available for free download from iTunes), and I heard this interview with composer Joseph Klein, who put the 2nd year MFA poetry students' work to music last year. He explains which elements from the poems he used to guide his compositional decisions, and he discusses instrumentation and the use of electronics in his work. It's an interesting look at the collaboration from the musician's side. There are samples available as part of the interview. Enjoy!

(There are lots of other interviews with poets available at the same website, including Claudia Emerson, Carl Phillips, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Mark Doty, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Heather McHugh, and more. And fiction writers too!)

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