It is a special art to set poetry to music.... and on that topic -- I will be soon working on setting some of our local (Pikes Peak Region) Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett's (http://www.pikespeakpoetlaureate.org/current_poet.html ) poetry to music, with interest from a local conductor of note ( Tom Wilson, who is among other posts, associate conductor of our Philharmonic and is very interested in young people's education (see http://www.csphilharmonic.org/education/faq.html ). One thing Aaron asked me is whether I would be interested in setting other poet's writing to music -- the answer is yes, but I am swamped right now. And suddenly, listening to Trent's beautiful setting of his poetry just now on another thread in this subforum, it occurred to me -- there is a whole ocean of talent here on the forum!!!
So, let me pose this question to everyone: anyone interested in setting some poetry by our local poets to music of your choice? I asked Tom for suggestions on instrumentation, waiting on that. I can't promise anything re: performance and so on, but now I am getting much more connected here in the springs, and since Aaron requested more for other poets, why not hook then up with the enormous talent on this forum??
I would just help get people connected, that's all, and then you all and any interested poets can take it from there.
If you are interested, I suggest you reply to this topic with a little information about yourself, your email, and a couple of music listening samples, especially ones that set poetry to music, if you have done that, or else anything you like. I can send Aaron the link and he can pass it on to any poets who are interested, then they can contact the composers directly. Does that sound like a good plan? It would also be ideal if people could provide scores (ie, you work in a notation program), because of the possibility of performance by real live musicians.... maybe that's superfluous to say, but not everyone works from notation...
Warm wishes to all,