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In Words and Music, as in Cascando, Beckett deploys music as an actual 'character', cast against "Words" in an exploration of their different capacities for generating significance either separately or when working together. The radio play was originally commissioned by the BBC, and this 1962 production used music especially composed by the author's cousin John Beckett. However, the score was then withdrawn. A later production by Katharine Worth (recorded in 1973) commissioned music from Humphrey Searle, but the most publicly available versions – there are currently two different recordings available – use music written by Morton Feldman in 1986-87 at the request of Everett Frost.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2002


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