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Poor Yorick: Singing Laurence Sterne

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ConferenceNarrative in Question Seminar Programme, Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies, University of York
Conference date(s)18/01/1731/05/17

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DatePublished - 17 May 2017
Original languageEnglish


Conveying a detailed narrative text in music is much harder than one might suppose. The moment words are conjoined with music, the competing demands of musical line, musical rhythm and musical texture all conspire to reduce the intelligibility of text. There have been many different attempted solutions to this problem. This composer has tried most of them, with varying degrees of success. In Poor Yorick (2013), an unpromising section of prose (ironically from a notoriously non-linear narrative) is translated by the simplest of means for the voices of the Hilliard Ensemble.

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