Originally Posted by Balthazar
Soft morning, city! Lsp! I am leafy speafing. Lpf! Folty and
folty all the nights have falled on to long my hair. Not a sound,
falling. Lispn! No wind no word. Only a leaf, just a leaf and
then leaves. The woods are fond always. As were we their babes
in. And robins in crews so. It is for me goolden wending.
Unless? Away! Rise up, man of the hooths, you have slept so
long! Or is it only so mesleems? On your pondered palm.
Reclined from cape to pede. With pipe on bowl. Terce for a
fiddler, sixt for makmerriers, none for a Cole. Rise up now and
More Joyce music:
Bronze by Gold
To Wake the Dead; TreeStone; Symphony RiverRun, Flower of the Mountain, Sun's Heat & Ecce puer
Until his untimely death robbed America of one of her most promising young composers, Stephen Albert used the texts of Joyce as inspiration for numerous song cycles and a Pulitzer-prize winning symphony.
FOOTNOTE (...und Isolde/ns Winkfall lassen...)
A Bulgarian composer of haunting, ritualistic music, FOOTNOTE is an "imaginary interlude" to Tristan und Isolde with a text based on Joyce's "Prayer."
Nine Joyce Songs
This twentieth-century Romantic crafted nine songs based on Joyce texts, from Chamber Music poems to adaptations pulled from Finnegans Wake.
Chamber Music; Thema: Ommagio a Joyce; Outis
Of the generation of Stockhausen and Cage, Berio was one of Italy's most talented and beloved avant-garde composers, and has taken Joyce as his muse for several pieces.
Third Piano Sonata; Répons
The inimitable French modernist composer and conductor credits Joyce as an inspiration for his spiralling, labyrinthine structures.
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs; Roaratorio; An Alphabet; Nowth Upon Nacht
"Wonderful Widow" and "Nowth" are songs adapted from Finnegans Wake. Roaratorio is a very interesting composition; it blends traditional Irish music with a constant barrage of sound effects inspired from the text, all woven around Cage's reading of lines from the Wake chosen to endlessly spell out the mesostic "JAMESJOYCE." An Alphabet is a radio play featuing James Joyce as a character.
Five Songs from "Chamber Music"
(1930) For voice and piano.
Del Tredici, David
Four Songs on Poems of James Joyce; Two Songs on Poems of James Joyce; I Hear an Army; Night Conjure-Verse; Syzygy
Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize, this American Neo-Romantic tapped Joyce for several works before turning to Lewis Carroll as a muse.
Finney, Ross Lee
A student of Alban Berg, this composer set the whole Chamber Music cycle of poems to music in the early fifties.
This American composer/pianist is a protégé of Heitor Villa-Lobos, and has recently released recorded his settings of the entire Chamber Music cycle.
Seven Songs on Poems of James Joyce
An American composer of chamber music and songs, Lauer set a few poems from "Chamber Music" to piano and mezzo-soprano.
For soprano, harp, string trio, and percussion, this very unusual piece of "post-Schoenbergian atonal romanticism" takes text from the ALP chapter of Finnegans Wake and arranges it to encompass the whole of the Wake.
An American who befriended Joyce in Zurich, Luening -- who later pioneered electronic music and co-founded the CRI label -- set a few of Joyce's texts to songs.
Not a Soul but Ourselves...
A professor at York, Marsh based this piece for voice and amplification on the ALP chapter of Finnegans Wake.
Ulysses in Copacabana Surfing with James Joyce and Dorothy
This Brazilian composer studied under Boulez and Stockhausen, but was influenced by Villa-Lobos and bossa nova. He certainly wins the award for the best Joycean title!
This labyrinthine work for text, voice, and music from the Pulitzer Prize winning Rand features Joyce's lunar poem, "Simples."
Voicespace III: "Eclipse"
Another Pulizer Prize winner, Reynolds made this 1979 composition for voice and tape, using texts by Issa, Melville, Stevens, Joyce, Borges, and García Márquez.
An eclectic and non-traditional American composer, Rosenblum's Maggies is a Wake-inspired piece that combines live instrumental music with ambient sounds and pre-recorded texts by Barthelme, Lish, and a pastiche of the Wake by Roger Zahab.
A way a lone; Far calls. Coming, far!; A way a lone II; Riverrun
One of Japan's greatest composers, Takemitsu wrote several works mining the first-and-last paragraph of Finnegans Wake for inspiration.
Symphony No. 2, "Il Ricorso"; Five Songs of James Joyce; Six Epiphanies of the Author: A Symphonic Study in Memory of James Joyce
This Irish composer served as RTE's Director of Music, and many of his compositions are based on Irish themes or poetry, including these two Joycean works.
Zimmerman, Bernd Alois
"Requiem for a Young Poet"
According to O.B. Bassler, this piece "makes extensive use of texts from Joyce," and it has recently been reissued.