n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die verklank : N.P. van Wyk Louw se in musiek

Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


N.P. van Wyk Louw's epic poem (1941) is one of the finest examples from the Afrikaans literary heritage. Although it has not been set to music, the epic did inspire several composers to write large-scale musical works. Two of these, namely Graham Newcater's ballet (1967) and Stefans Grové's programmatic Piano Concerto (1996), are discussed and briefly analysed in order to establish the extent to which both composers adhered to the text in their approaches to the creative act. Although the two works represent different musical genres, the intrinsic prerequisites of these seem to have necessitated certain adaptations to the poem in order to be translated into a feasible musical equivalent of the poem.

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