Composer and Poet Make Beautiful Musicy
and choral music are kissing cousins, said adjunct
English Professor Mary Herbert, explaining why professor
Robert Aquino, chair of the Music Department, set some of
her poems to music.
to Aquino, the idea for the collaboration rose from a casual
comment he made to Herbert about composing music for
her words. Out of 50 poems that she sent him, Aquino selected
four. I tried to find a unifying theme, he said.
Marys poem, Hurricane Edouard, struck
me because I could do something dramatically in a musical
setting. I looked for other poems that had to do with the
the poems are in free form, rather than in a particular
metrical rhyme, its more of a challenge for a composer
to make the music flow, Aquino added. But I
like that challenge. Its a challenge he met
before when he set music to English Professor Robert Spectors
poems a few years ago.
LIU Chorus, directed and accompanied on the piano by Professor
Gloria Cooper, will perform the duos work on April
30 in the Humanities Building Conference Hall.