Sunday, April 17, 2011

Poetic Pairings - 4/18/2011

VPR Classical is celebrating National Poetry Month by starting each weekday morning this month with a "poetic pairing" - a poetry reading paired with a piece of music that somehow speaks to the theme of the featured poem.

It's also tax day today, and that seemed like a great occasion to hear a humorous (and all-too-true) poetic homage to the working person. "Job Application" is a performance piece by Canadian artist and wordsmith Meryn Cadell. We'll follow that up with the music Aaron Copland wrote for tax season during the Second World War, his "Fanfare for the Common Man" premiered on March 12th, 1943. Copland said he was "...all for honoring the common man at income tax time".

Listen for more poetic pairings this month,
just after 8am weekdays on VPR Classical. You can also find out more about Vermont's month-long celebration of poetry, "Poetry Alive!" here.

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