First lines / Last lines, by Samuel T Barber
Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? And where does music fit into this timeless question?
The Pollak Library blog presents a series of contributions entitled Music is literature, Literature is music which investigates intrinsic connections between the two art forms.
First, Samuel T Barber takes an experimental excursion to see if a disparate collection of first lines and last lines from various unconnected works of literature can be recited and set to original music in order to create a completely new work.
This is ‘First lines / Last lines’ …
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