Burgess wrote or adapted a number of works for the theatre, and often characteristically included musical elements. As well as his A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music, Burgess created a new musical based on Cyrano de Bergerac which ran on Broadway in 1973 and a musical version of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which has so far never been staged. Here are some of the songs from the shows.
The Nose Song from Cyrano de Bergerac, by Michael J. Lewis and Anthony Burgess
‘Today’ from Blooms of Dublin, words and music by Anthony Burgess
‘Copulation without Population’ from Blooms of Dublin, words and music by Anthony Burgess
‘Alex’s Song’ from A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music, words and music by Anthony Burgess