Peter Grimes

There’s something about Peter Grimes, the opera by Benjamin Britten, that inspires writing, in a way that Il Trovatore or Madama Butterfly don’t, always.

Here’s the latest entry, an essay by the young composer Nico Muhly. It’s interesting to see a composer’s reaction to music–it wouldn’t occur to just anyone to compare two singers, singing the same note, to “a piece of fruit, lit in two different ways.”

(Peter Grimes is on the air and in movie theaters this Saturday at 12:30 Central.)