25.10.2011 27.Tischrei. 5772
An Israeli composer arranging music for classic English-language poetry may seem like an unlikely combination, but for Gilad Hesseg, it’s a perfect fit – and maybe even a dream come true.
Israeli composer Gilad Hesseg is preparing to release an album, Hidden Flame, of modern arrangements for classics by poets such as Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Lord Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling. This is the first time that many of the poems have been set to music. Hesseg got his start arranging music for Hebrew poetry.
“My first album was poems of Rachel – I found that I love poetry and it absolutely brings out the best of me as a musician and as a composer,” he said.
Hesseg has family roots in England and Ireland and grew up speaking English, and listening to artists like Sting, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. However, it took Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee for him to first be attracted to English-language poetry….