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Adam Gopnik: Words and Music

Adam Gopnik's experience of writing a libretto casts light on the mysterious relationship between words and music.
"Sung words belong more fully to the world of ritual and routine, of incantation and mother's murmurings, than to the fully lucid and well-lit world of argument."
Producer:Sheila Cook.

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A Point of View: What's the secret of writing great song lyrics?

A Point of View: What's the secret of writing great song lyrics?

Having written words for someone else's music, Adam Gopnik finds there's a common factor behind all great lyrics, from Mozart opera to Taylor Swift.

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

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