Listen To A Musical Interpretation of Murakami's 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle'


If you’re getting a little sick of all those run-of-the-mill book reviews and formulaic music journalism, we don’t blame you. There are only so many ways to describe a sentence, after all. But try this on for size: New York City-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis has composed ‘Wind-Up Bird Preludes,’ a piano set based on Haruki Murakami’s beautiful novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, incorporating both literary and musical allusions into his work. According to Francis, “Murakami’s novel itself is divided into three separately published parts, each named after classical pieces, respectively Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, Schumann’s Bird as Prophet and “Birdcatcher” in reference to Mozart’s The Magic Flute,” so the project had a natural genesis. We’d say that’s a little more in-depth than Lykke Li’s “Dance, Dance, Dance.” While we wouldn’t claim expert knowledge of classical music, the lilting piano lines and spastic tones of ‘Wind-Up Bird Preludes’ certainly recall Murakami’s strange, magical prose, so we’re willing to take Francis at his word. Listen to ‘Wind-Up Bird Preludes’ performed by Vicky Chow, over at Chow’s Soundcloud and let us know if you think the composition fits the book! [via WQXR]