Samuel Beckett and Music


Author: Mary Bryden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198184271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

View: 5772

Much has been written about the importance of the viewing eye in Samuel Beckett's writing. Less attention has been paid to the place of sound and musicality. Yet Beckett once told a friend that he had always written for a voice. As well as being an accomplished pianist, Beckett was a passionate listener to music. In this study - the first full-length work to deal exclusively with Beckett and music - Mary Bryden brings together academics and composers in a wide-ranging collection of essays. Divided into two main sections, entitled 'Words' and 'Music', the book not only analyses a number of specific musical settings of Beckett's texts, but also considers the wider issue of sound and music within the author's work. Whether interviews, personal recollections by friends or relatives, or more formal essays, all the material in this collection has either been written specially for this volume, or is appearing for the first time in English.

Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music


Author: John McGrath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317059646

Category: Music

Page: 200

View: 7740

Music abounds in twentieth-century Irish literature. Whether it be the ’thought-tormented’ music of Joyce’s ’The Dead’, the folk tunes and opera that resound throughout Ulysses, or the four-part threnody in Beckett’s Watt, it is clear that the influence of music on the written word in Ireland is deeply significant. Samuel Beckett arguably went further than any other in the incorporation of musical ideas into his work. Musical quotations inhabit his texts, and structural devices such as the da capo are metaphorically employed. Perhaps most striking is the erosion of explicit meaning in Beckett’s later prose brought about through an extensive use of repetition, influenced by his reading of Schopenhauer’s philosophy of music. Exploring this notion of ’semantic fluidity’, John McGrath discusses the ways in which Beckett utilized extreme repetition to create texts that operate and are received more like music. Beckett’s writing has attracted the attention of numerous contemporary composers and an investigation into how this Beckettian ’musicalized fiction’ has been retranslated into contemporary music forms the second half of the book. Close analyses of the Beckett-inspired music of experimental composer Morton Feldman and the structured improvisations of avant-jazz guitarist Scott Fields illustrate the cross-genre appeal of Beckett to musicians but also demonstrate how repetition operates in diverse ways. Through the examination of the pivotal role of repetition in both modernist music and literature of the twentieth century, John McGrath’s book is a significant contribution to the field of word and music studies.

Samuel Beckett and the Arts

Music, Visual Arts, and Non-print Media


Author: Lois Oppenheim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780815325277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 389

View: 7252

The first comprehensive presentation of Samuel Beckett's use of the musical and visual arts, this collection addresses important question that extend beyond the literary domain, including the function of art and music in Beckett's narrative and theatrical writings; Beckett's direct and indirect "collaborations" with composers and painters; and his work for television, radio, and film.

Words and Music

Camus, Beckett, Cage, Gould


Author: Deborah Fillerup Weagel

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433108365

Category: Drama

Page: 160

View: 385

Introduction -- Musical contrast in Albert Camus' L'étranger -- Musical counterpoint in Albert Camus' L'étranger -- Musical qualities in Samuel Beckett's En attendant Godot -- Silence in John Cage and Samuel Beckett : 4' 33" and En attendant Godot -- John Cage's collaboration of words and music in the song books -- The edited performance : Glenn Gould's solitude trilogy -- Musical and verbal counterpoint in two short films about Glenn Gould.

Radio Beckett

Musicality in the Radio Plays of Samuel Beckett


Author: Kevin Branigan

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039113712

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

View: 9287

In the decade following the success of "Waiting for Godot" (1952), Samuel Beckett wrote some of his most absorbing work for radio. These plays display the author's appreciation of the essential properties of radio broadcasting. They also highlight a profound musicality which, while evident in his novels, poetry and plays, is particularly noteworthy in this medium. This book is an analysis of the contribution made to radio drama by Beckett. In these plays, he is concerned with themes of human isolation and the frailty of memory and communication. He identified radio as an ideal medium for the presentation of these themes and the development of drama which could transcend the limitations of realism. Beckett used music as an essential component of his radio output for a variety of purposes. In this study, the author argues that, while Beckett's radio plays are suffused with a bleak sense of disintegration of language, music offers a sense of optimism. A variety of musical and performance perspectives is utilised to gain a greater appreciation of these radio plays.

Samuel Beckett's Endgame


Author: Mark S. Byron

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042022884

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

View: 5818

This collection of essays – the first volume in the Dialogue series – brings together new and experienced scholars to present innovative critical approaches to Samuel Beckett's playEndgame. These essays broach a broad range of topics, many of which are inherently controversial and have generated significant levels of debate in the past. Critical readings of the play in relation to music, metaphysics, intertextuality, and time are counterpointed by essays that consider the nature of performance, the history of the theater and the music hall, Beckett's attitudes to directing his play, and his responses to other directors. This collection will be of special interest to Beckett scholars, to students of literature and drama, and to drama theorists and practitioners.

Beckett and Musicality


Author: Sara Jane Bailes,Nicholas Till

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317175905

Category: Music

Page: 302

View: 4790

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.

Music and the Irish Literary Imagination


Author: Harry White

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191563161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 6085

Harry White examines the influence of music in the development of the Irish literary imagination from 1800 to the present day. He identifies music as a preoccupation which originated in the poetry of Thomas Moore early in the nineteenth century. He argues that this preoccupation decisively influenced Moore's attempt to translate the 'meaning' of Irish music into verse, and that it also informed Moore's considerable impact on the development of European musical romanticism, as in the music of Berlioz and Schumann. White then examines how this preoccupation was later recovered by W.B. Yeats, whose poetry is imbued with music as a rival presence to language. In its readings of Yeats, Synge, Shaw and Joyce, the book argues that this striking musical awareness had a profound influence on the Irish literary imagination, to the extent that poetry, fiction and drama could function as correlatives of musical genres. Although Yeats insisted on the synonymous condition of speech and song in his poetry, Synge, Shaw and Joyce explicitly identified opera in particular as a generic prototype for their own work. Synge's formal musical training and early inclinations as a composer, Shaw's perception of himself as the natural successor to Wagner, and Joyce's no less striking absorption of a host of musical techniques in his fiction are advanced in this study as formative (rather than incidental) elements in the development of modern Irish writing. Music and the Irish Literary Imagination also considers Beckett's emancipation from the oppressive condition of words in general (and Joyce in particular) through the agency of music, and argues that the strong presence of Mendelssohn, Chopin and Janácek in the works of Brian Friel is correspondingly essential to Friel's dramatisation of Irish experience in the aftermath of Beckett. The book closes with a reading of Seamus Heaney, in which the poet's own preoccupation with the currency of established literary forms is enlisted to illuminate Heaney's abiding sense of poetry as music.

Samuel Beckett

Endlessness in the Year 2000


Author: Angela B. Moorjani,Carola Veit

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042015999

Category: Social Science

Page: 493

View: 1076

From the contents: Beckett and the quest for meaning (Martin Esslin). - Beckett's tonic laughter (Manfred Pfister). - The magic triangle: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Arno Schmidt (Friedhelm Rathjen). - Beckett performed in Italy (Annamaria Cascetta). - Beckett and synaesthesia (Yoshiki Tajiri). - Beckett versus the reader (Michael Guest).

Literature and Music


Author: Michael J. Meyer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042011816

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 1517

This collection of essays centers on musical elements that authors have employed in their work, thus joining heard sounds to a visual perception of their stories. The spectrum of authors represented is a wide one, from Pound to Durrell, from Steinbeck to Cather, from Beckett to Gaines, but even more unusual is the variety of musical type represented. Classical music (the quartet, the fugue, the symphony), Jazz (the jazz riff and jazz improv) and the spiritual all appear along with folk song and so-called random “noise.”Such diversity suggests that there are few limits when readers consider how great writers utilize musical styles and techniques. Indeed, each author seems to realize that it is not the type of music that s/he chooses to employ that is important. Rather, it is the realization that such musical elements as harmony, dissonance, tonal repetition and beat are just as important in prose composition as they are in poetry and song. The essayists have selected some works that may be considered obscure and some that are modern classics. Each one, however, has captured one of the varied ways in which words and music complement and enhance each other.

Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts


Author: S. E. Gontarski

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748675698

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

View: 2220

A landmark collection showcasing the diversity of Samuel Beckett's creative output The 35 original chapters in this Companion capture the continued vitality of Beckett studies in drama, music and the visual arts and establish rich and varied cultural contexts for Beckett's work world-wide. As well as considering topics such as Beckett and science, historiography, geocriticism and philosophy, the volume focuses on the post-centenary impetus within Beckett studies, emphasising a return to primary sources amid letters, drafts, and other documents. Major Beckett critics such as Steven Connor, David Lloyd, Andrew Gibson, John Pilling, Jean-Michel Rabate, and Mark Nixon, as well as emerging researchers, present the latest critical thinking in 9 key areas: Art & Aesthetics; The Body; Fiction; Film, Radio & Television; Global Beckett; Language / Writing; Philosophy; Reading; and Theatre & Performance. Edited by eminent Beckett scholar S. E. Gontarski, the Companion draws on the most vital, ground-breaking research to outline the nature of Beckett studies for the next generation.

Nacht und Träume

Gesammelte kurze Stücke


Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518424391


Page: 359

View: 7186

Samuel Beckett in Context


Author: Anthony Uhlmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107017033

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

View: 8719

Provides a comprehensive exploration of Beckett's historical, cultural and philosophical contexts, offering new critical insights for scholars and general readers.

Headaches Among the Overtones

Music in Beckett / Beckett in Music


Author: Catherine Laws

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401210276

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 508

View: 8818

Samuel Beckett produced some of the most powerful writing – some of the funniest but most devastating – of the twentieth century. He described his plays, prose and poetry as ‘an unnecessary stain on the silence’, but the extraordinary combination of concision and richness in his writing stems from his peculiar sensitivity to the sounds and rhythms of words. Moreover, music forms a part of Beckett’s comic aesthetics of failure: it plays a role in his exploration of the possibilities and failures of the imagination, and the ever-failing attempt to forge a sense of self. No wonder, then, that so many composers have taken inspiration from Beckett, setting his words to music or translating into music the dramatic themes or contexts of his work. Headaches Among the Overtones considers both music in Beckett and Beckett’s significance in contemporary music. In doing so, it explores the relationship between words, music and meaning, examining how comparable philosophical concerns and artistic effects appear in literature and music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Musicality in Theatre

Music as Model, Method and Metaphor in Theatre-Making


Author: David Roesner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317091329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

View: 2276

As the complicated relationship between music and theatre has evolved and changed in the modern and postmodern periods, music has continued to be immensely influential in key developments of theatrical practices. In this study of musicality in the theatre, David Roesner offers a revised view of the nature of the relationship. The new perspective results from two shifts in focus: on the one hand, Roesner concentrates in particular on theatre-making - that is the creation processes of theatre - and on the other, he traces a notion of ‘musicality’ in the historical and contemporary discourses as driver of theatrical innovation and aesthetic dispositif, focusing on musical qualities, metaphors and principles derived from a wide range of genres. Roesner looks in particular at the ways in which those who attempted to experiment with, advance or even revolutionize theatre often sought to use and integrate a sense of musicality in training and directing processes and in performances. His study reveals both the continuous changes in the understanding of music as model, method and metaphor for the theatre and how different notions of music had a vital impact on theatrical innovation in the past 150 years. Musicality thus becomes a complementary concept to theatricality, helping to highlight what is germane to an art form as well as to explain its traction in other art forms and areas of life. The theoretical scope of the book is developed from a wide range of case studies, some of which are re-readings of the classics of theatre history (Appia, Meyerhold, Artaud, Beckett), while others introduce or rediscover less-discussed practitioners such as Joe Chaikin, Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek, Michael Thalheimer and Karin Beier.

Samuel Beckett


Author: Laura Salisbury

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748649700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 5370

Ranging widely over Beckett's fiction, drama and critical writings, the book demonstrates that it is through Beckett's comic timing that we can understand the double gesture of his art: the ethical obligation to represent the world how it is while, at the

Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event

Peephole Art


Author: C. Gardner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137014369

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

View: 9451

An expressive dialogue between Deleuze's philosophical writings on cinema and Beckett's innovative film and television work, the book explores the relationship between the birth of the event – itself a simultaneous invention and erasure - and Beckett's attempts to create an incommensurable space within the interstices of language as a (W)hole.