A Whale of an Inspiration

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The Soundcheck series "Music by the Book" continues with a whale of a tale: Moby-Dick. Today, we look at why Herman Melville’s 1851 classic has inspired so much music, with composer Jake Heggie, whose operatic adaptation of Moby-Dick will premiere at the Dallas Opera in 2010, and Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex and a forward to the 150th anniversary edition of Moby-Dick.