Extra Eclectic

Words of inspiration

“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.” ― James Joyce, from 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'Elisa Calvet B/Unsplash

Words of inspiration


June 22, 2022

On this week’s Extra Eclectic, the words are the thing — even when they’re unspoken. We hear music that sets specific text — such as John Adams’ Harmonia, setting the poems of Emily Dickinson and John Donne — and pieces that offer strictly musical impressions of poetry and prose, including Christopher Theofanidis’ Viola Concerto, inspired by Native American poetry.