Words & Music

Series produced by Will Duchon

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Image by: Mystie Chamberlin 

Words & Music is a program of poetry and music on WMNR Fine Arts Radio http://www.wmnr.org/ between 9 and 10PM, ET

"Words & Music" features poetry and music. Since December of 2011, I have recited hundreds of poems, each followed by a piece of music which (I feel) reflects the soul and energy of the poem. Of course, this is all subjective. However, the purpose of "Words & Music" is to explore and enjoy the profound link between...words and music.

Many of the poems recited on the air have been those of the masters: Shakespeare, Auden, Shelley, Keats, Whitman, and other reknowned poetic voices. Other poems have been submitted by contemporary poets who are living, breathing, and creating here and now.

"Words & Music" features poetry and music. Since December of 2011, I have recited hundreds of poems, each followed by a piece of music which (I feel) reflects the soul and energy of the poem. Of course, this is all subjective. However, the purpose of "Words & Music" is to explore and enjoy the profound link between...words and music.

Many of the poems recited on the air have been those of the masters: Shakespeare, Auden, Shelley, Keats, Whitman, and other renowned poetic voices. Other poems have been submitted by contemporary poets who are living, breathing, and creating here and now.


104 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Poetry about sleep and dreams, actual and metaphorical.

  • Added: Dec 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:57
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Words and music evocative of the night.

  • Added: Nov 24, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:55
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Poetry and music inspired by casting our votes.

  • Added: Nov 03, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:44
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Poetry and music that explores the phenomenon of time.

  • Added: Oct 20, 2018
  • Length: 01:04:07
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The mystique of the violin explored in poetry and music.

  • Added: Oct 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:06:24
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Droll offerings of poetic verse; dedicated to the memory of a good friend of the program.

  • Added: Sep 15, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:01
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Tasks and chores taking on deeper meaning.

  • Added: Sep 08, 2018
  • Length: 54:47
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Poetic and musical meditations on vivid memories and longings.

  • Added: Sep 01, 2018
  • Length: 58:27
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Flights of imagination and childlike musings.

  • Added: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:42
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Songs about money, and the lack thereof.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:01:30
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Humorous and ironic examinations of the human condition.

  • Added: Apr 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:02:01
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Wax nostalgic with poetry and music about longing and nostalgic associations.

  • Added: Mar 31, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:58
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The experience of performing music is examined by poetry and musical references.

  • Added: Mar 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:40
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The voices of Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Mirella Freni, Anna Netrebko, Kathleen Ferrier, Luciano Pavarotti, Roland Villazon paired with thought...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2018
  • Length: 58:48
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Poetry and music about love and longing.

  • Added: Feb 10, 2018
  • Length: 52:40
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Poetry and music which takes refuge in imagination and mindfulness.

  • Added: Sep 09, 2017
  • Length: 55:17
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Random poems and music for the season-ending program.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 57:06
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Poetry and music about fathers and fatherhood.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
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Poems and music suited to the mystery and beauty of the night.

  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 56:34
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Excerpts from Rachel Cohen's essay "Lost Cities" and segments of poetry by Fernando Pessoa and Constantine Cavafy examine the allure of one's home ...

  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 53:20