Blake and Music
Articles from Zoamorphosis exploring how William Blake's poetry has been set to music, or how his art has inspired classical and popular composers and songwriters.
Everyone knows the Doors are named for the doors of perception – but that phrase comes from Aldous Huxley's book on hallucinogens as well as from Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Of the English-speaking composers who have sought to set all of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience to music, the relatively unknown composer, John Sykes, came close.
While “Jerusalem” is best known as the setting of Blake’s stanzas from Milton by Hubert Parry, Bruce Dickinson’s version on The Chemical Wedding rejects patriotism in favour of mysticism.
2023 saw the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, among whose works was an important ballet inspired by William Blake's illustrations to the Book of Job.