Listen to a Piano Duet Inspired by JD Salinger’s ‘Franny and Zooey’


As we mentioned in our recent roundup of songs inspired by poets, literature has always been a major influence on music. But it isn’t every day that this relationship revolves around punctuation. Yet that really is the basis of “Franny (and Zooey) for Piano Duet,” a composition by Los Angeles-area multimedia artist Marya Alford that transposes the book’s commas, periods, quotation marks, etc. into musical notation. The resulting piece is minimal and plaintive and, as LA Weekly points out, doesn’t seem to have much in common with JD Salinger’s crisis-of-faith tales. Listen to a clip of the song after the jump, read more about the project and see the sheet music at Alford’s website, and, if you happen to be in Southern California, consider seeing “Franny (and Zooey)” performed live tonight, at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock.

[via The Daily Swarm]