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      The Art of Spoken Word

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      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 striving to achieve this symmetry.

      Scott Johnson: How it Happens (The Voice of I.F. Stone) (excerpt)
      Kronos Quartet
      Nonesuch 79372
      :56

      Aaron Jay Kernis: Goblin Market, Part II, Scenes 2 & 3
      The New Professionals/Rebecca Miller; Mary King, narrator
      Signum 186
      13:43

      Martin Butler: The Tummy Beast fr. The Dirty Beasts
      Soundwood Ensemble/David Campbell; Richard Stilgoe, narrator
      Black Box 1089
      3:31

      Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World (excerpt)
      Oregon Symphony/DePriest
      Koch 7293
      5:48

      David Lang: On Being Hit on the Head and On Hearing the Voice of God fr. Are You Experienced?
      Nouvel Ensemble Moderne/Vaillancourt
      CRI 625
      6:29

      Michael Daugherty: Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover
      Kronos Quartet
      Nonesuch 79372
      10:49

      Lee Hyla: Howl
      Kronos Quartet, Alan Ginsburg, voice
      Nonesuch 79372
      4:18

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