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Music and literature

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   It is not at all difficult to discover the inspiration of great (and sometimes not so great) literature upon composers past and present, though there are some who for instance may have been more motivated by […]

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Composers and poetry

I have a problem with poetry.  Unless there is a specific directive or inspired objective, a lot of a composer’s valuable creative time can be lavished on selecting suitable texts for musical settings. Much of that time is unproductive, for in several ways the poems are ‘not fit for purpose’.   The primary ‘purpose’ is to […]

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Firm foundations

In a series of meetings with Goethe, the great poet and dramatist in the 1820s, the young Mendelssohn engaged the aging poet, then in his seventies, in discussions of great depth regarding the importance of hearing and creating music as the continuation of tradition.   Goethe was having a difficult time understanding new music; he was […]

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