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Correlation between composition and conlanging?

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Thursday, August 10, 2000, 23:04
On Thu, 10 Aug 2000, Daniel Seriff wrote:

> Hey, I'm also a composer, although I graduated with a piano major from > college. I seem to remember someone else on the list saying that they > composed some music, maybe more than one person. Ever tried setting > anything in one of your conlangs? I'm toying with the idea of writing > some Mungayod poetry and setting it for voice & piano, but I'd feel a > little silly publishing it, I think.
But why? Lou Harrison set Esperanto texts to music (La Koro Sutro, IIRC), and Ligeti created his own "conlang" for Nouvelles Aventures. I've always felt that when a composer creates a sufficiently large work, he in effect has created a language (the definition of "sufficiently large" is of course open to interpretation).
> If you're interested in my music, go to > "". I don't have > any MP3s up, because Tripod doesn't handle them very well, but I'm > looking for off-site space to put them as demos.
I've listened to and enjoyed some of Herman Miller's stuff; I've also been curious to hear your stuff, too! Once upon a time, I was a theory and composition major, but I quickly realized that to spend the rest of my university career with musicians (at least the ones at the U of Utah) would be absolutely intolerable. I often referred to the building in which the music dept was housed (Gardner Hall) as Gardner Junior High, because of the average level of maturity displayed there. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga