Dr. Benjamin Boone, Fresno State professor of music theory and composition, released the video “Waterless Music,” an orchestral composition featuring the poetry and narration of the late Philip Levine, emeritus professor of English, last week. Boone and several other musicians were working on a CD project with the former Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. poet laureate when Levine died in February.
That project, which is near completion, inspired Boone’s work when he observed the water theme in 29 tracks Levine had recorded. “Somewhat unexpectedly, I noted that Philip frequently used water, rain and dryness as metaphors,” Boone said. “I began writing down water, storm and agricultural references and categories began to emerge.
The video can be seen on youtube.