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Classical Classroom, Ep. 142: The Art Of Song, All About Art Song With Mark Abel

A classical musician turned punk rocker turned classical musician talks about a place where music and poetry meet.


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Composer Mark Abel
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Composer Mark Abel

Mark Abel’s life infuses his music, and music has been his life. He’s been a classical musician, a punk rocker, a reporter, and a classical musician and composer again. In this episode, Abel talks about “art song,” a very particular kind of classical music where song and poetry intersect. Learn about its history, its composers, and hear some of Abel’s own work.

Music in this episode:

  • “Roll Over Beethoven,” The Beatles
  • “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds
  • “A Love Supreme,” John Coltrane
  • “Marquee Moon,” Tom Verlaine/Television
  • “Crazy Rhythms,” The Feelies
  • “La vie anterieure’,” Henri Duparc. Gerard Souzay, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano.
  • By Mark Abel:
    • “Los Angeles,” from The Palm Trees are Restless
    • Excerpts from “Premonition,” from The Dark Eyed Chameleon
    • “La sonnambula,” from Terrain of the Heart

Audio production by Todd “Hell” Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and abiding by Dacia Clay.