Gavin Bryars' The Adnan Songbook, which was written between 1992 and 1996 sets eight of Adnan's "Love Poems" collection. The work was written for soprano and ensemble. The Adnan Songbook is available in a study score edition and recordings have been released on Point records and Philips.Gavin Bryars on his relationship with Etel Adnan Gavin Bryars on “The Island Chapel,” a performance involving text by Etel Adnan.
The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University has two audio recordings of readings by Etel Adnan in their collection:
Etel Adnan: March 10, 1988 24 minutes, VHS, $25.00 Lebanese American poet and painter Etel Adnan reads "Five Senses for One Death," "Spreading Clouds," and "An Alley of Linden Trees and Lightning." Frances Phillips introduces Etel Adnan and William Witherup.
Etel Adnan, A Tribute: March 30, 2000 48 minutes, VHS, $25.00 In a 75th birthday tribute to acclaimed Lebanese American poet and painter Etel Adnan—known for her internationally-renowned novel of the Lebanese civil war, Sitt Marie Rose, among many books—Steve Dickison and Simone Fattal read from her work. Dickison reads from her memoir, Growing Up to Be a Woman Writer in Lebanon, and Simone Fattal, Adnan's publisher from Post-Apollo Press, reads from The Indian Never Had a Horse. The readings are followed by a sound recording of "The Adnan Songbook," eight of Etel Adnan's poems set to music by British composer Gavin Bryars. Steve Dickison moderates the event, and introduces the evening's co-reader, Lebanese-American novelist Rabih Alameddine, at The Unitarian Center.