Borges and Music

Cascades in music, gentlest of all time's shapes

There have been several works of music inspired by the works of Borges, from tango to pop to contemporary "classical." This section will endeavor to explore these pieces and the artists behind them. If you have any additional references you would like to see here, please let me know


Gheorghi Arnaoudov -- The Bulgarian composer of Borges Fragment.

Lawrence Casserley -- Electroacoustic explorations of Borges' labyrinths. (Planned for the future.)

William Neil -- American composer, set the poem "Límites" to song.

Robert Parris -- This American composer's The Book of Imaginary Beings is based on the Borges work of the same name.

Roger Reynolds -- Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds has three separate pieces that incorporate texts from Borges.

Mark Saya -- Composer of the percussion work, From the Book of Imaginary Beings. (Planned for the future.)


Genesis -- This group of seminal proggies committed "The Squonk" to vinyl in 1976. (Planned for the future.)

PopCanon -- Practically the Libyrinth's house-band, PopCanon are a cheerfully demented but wildly talented group from Gainesville, Florida. Among other literary treasures, PopCanon's first CD contains a Borges-inspired song called "Labyrinths."


Jairo -- Argentine singer, released Jairo canta Borges in 1976.

Valeria Munarriz -- Released an album entitled Chante Jorge Luis Borges with 14 settings of Borges poems & milongas

Astor Piazzolla -- This Argentine Maestro of the tango has several wonderful works based on Borges' poetry.

--Allen B. Ruch
21 January 2004

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