chora when he compares it to a stringed musical instrument, playing on the phonetic similarities between chora, choral, chorale, and choreography (1997, pp.
Like the "glacial" compositions of Lucier and Xenakis, this work approximates nonhuman music, Powers's description implies, not just because it forces its players "into a thicket of rhythms" (112), makes the piano descend "in waterfalls of chords," and channels "a blackbird" and "a nightingale" (115)--if Gerald's scene musicalizes
animals, this one animalizes or at least naturalizes music--but also because "birdsong's answer to the war" tries to capture a sense of nonhuman time (113).
He characterized his own experiment with "L'Apres-midi d'un faune" as an attempt to find a rhythm that musicalizes
the formal line: "J'y essayais, en effet, de mettre, a cote de l'alexandrin dans toute sa tenue, une sorte de jeu courant pianote autour, comme qui dirait d'un accompagnement musical fait par le poete lui-meme et ne permettant au vers officiel de sortir que dans les grandes occasions" (OC 2: 701).
The company had a very elaborate number called Peron's Latest Flame, which musicalizes
the opposition to Eva as she begins her climb to the top.
her fiction: she charts the origins and traditions of jazz in her particular choice of characters.