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How are music and literature related?

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February 20, 2011 11:42PM

Music and literature are linked in many ways. They both involve a great amount of creativity and imagination. Also, literature often has served as an inspiration for many composers such as Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev who have composed inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Mozart's Marriage of Figaro was inspired by a French play. Also worth noting, musical works such as operas and ballets require the writing of librettos and thus literary competence and imagination is an important part to a successful opera or ballet. Finally, music and literature are related through the importance that structure and emotional appeal have in both fields. Music needs to make an audience feel a certain emotion to have a desired effect as does literature. This is how music and literature are related.