Edward Albee and J.S. Bach, pt. 2

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May
2011

Edward Albee, 1987 (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

American playwright Edward Albee loves J.S. Bach. In fact, he uses the composer’s music as a model in his own teaching.

I tell my students, if you want to know something about the structure of a play, listen to some Bach preludes and fugues. I discovered classical music when I was eight, nine, 10 years old, and I think I learnt something about the nature of dramatic structure from the nature of the music I was listening to. I probably think of myself half the time as a composer.

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