Preconcert talk by Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Devaney

Sunday, April 28, 2019
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM (ET)
UN UN 114
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Merriam, Nancy E
Music Instructional Support

 On Sunday, April 28 at 2:15 p.m., Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Devaney, will give a short pre-concert talk on the role of music in Walt Whitman’s life and poetry. This talk precedes the 3:00 p.m. Spring Chorale Concert in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium.

 The Crucial Role of Opera in Whitman

There is a dynamic history of musicians and poets feeding and inspiring each other. It will surprise no one that Whitman’s poetry has captured the imaginations of many composers. Opera was a great source for the poet. He confided to a close friend that “But for the opera I could never have written Leaves of Grass.” In his evolution as an artist, “Proud Music of the Storm” is significant. Critic Robert Faner notes that the poem "reads like a musical autobiography" and that it is "unmistakeable evidence .... of the tremendous importance of music in his life and thought, and many poems are specifically on the subject of music."
This talk will be held in Union 114 and is free and open to the public.

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