Composer Brian Mark has set Virginia Woolf’s essay, “Craftsmanship,” to music. The piece was broadcast on 29 April 1937 as part of BBC Radio’s “Words Fail Me” series.
With “A Eulogy to Words,” he has fulfilled an eight-year ambition to create a piece for chamber orchestra and electronics. It is written for London’s Royal Academy of Music and conducted by Michael Alexander Young.
Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org called it “the best thing since the Solar System set to Bach and Carl Sagan adapted as a three-movement choral suite.”
Have a listen and tell us what you think of the piece, which runs nearly 10 minutes, in the comments section below.