Composer Matthew Aucoin explores the fraught, dynamic process of setting a poetic text to music, in which a composer must both respect and resist the qualities inherent in the poetry. Aucoin draws on examples from throughout music history, including the fruitful tension between Igor Stravinsky's music and W.H. Auden's poetry in the opera The Rake's Progress, as well as examples from the operas of Mozart. Aucoin also shares insights into the way that he engages with texts when writing his own operas and other vocal music.
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