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Title Beckett and musicality / edited by Sara Jane Bailes and Nicholas Till, University of Sussex, UK
Published Burlington : Ashgate Publishing Ltd, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 285 pages) : illustrations
Contents 'Shades of lessing': Beckett and the aesthetics of the modern novel / Franz Michael Maier -- Beckett's Proust, Schopenhauer, and the musical art of pastiche / Céline Surprenant -- Music and metamusic in Beckett's early plays for radio / Katarzyna Ojrzyńska -- Tuning in/tuning up: the communicative efforts of words and music in Samuel Beckett's Words and Music / Brynhildur Boyce -- Atonality and eternity: the musical language of Comédie David Foster -- Richard Rijnvos and Rough for Radio I: towards the enrichment of an impoverished text / Kevin Branigan -- Articulated arrhythmia: Samuel Beckett's shorter plays / Maria Ristani -- Not I for solo piano: Beckett's text as music / Paul Rhys -- The next ten minutes: Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett / Matthew Goulish -- Beckett's apertures and overtures / Mary Bryden -- Ohio Impromptu: reading Blanchot, hearing Beckett / Sara Jane Bailes -- FOURSOME / Christof Migone -- Music in Beckett's Nacht und Träume: vocality and imagination / Catherine Laws
Summary Discussion concerning the'musicality'of Samuel Beckett's writing now constitutes a familiar critical trope in Beckett Studies, one that continues to be informed by the still-emerging evidence of Beckett's engagement with music throughout his personal and literary life, and by the ongoing interest of musicians in Beckett's work. In Beckett's drama and prose writings, the relationship with music plays out in implicit and explicit ways. Several of his works incorporate canonical music by composers such as Schubert and Beethoven. Other works integrate music as a compositional element, in dialogue or tension with text and image, while others adopt rhythm, repetition and pause to the extent that the texts themselves appear to be'scored'. But what, precisely, does it mean to say that a piece of prose or writing for theatre, radio or screen, is'musical'? The essays included in this book explore a number of ways in which Beckett's writings engage with and are engaged by musicality, discussing familiar and less familiar works by Beckett in detail. Ranging from the scholarly to the personal in their respective modes of response, and informed by approaches from performance and musicology, literary studies, philosophy, musical composition and creative practice, these essays provide a critical examination of the ways we might comprehend musicality as a definitive and often overlooked attribute throughout Beckett's work
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, discography, and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation
Beckett, Samuel 1906-1989
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989.
Music and literature.
Music in the theater.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Bailes, Sara Jane, editor.
Till, Nicholas, editor
ISBN 1317175891