Samuel Beckett and Music

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Author: Mary Bryden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198184271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

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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's Endgame

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Author: Mark S. Byron

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042022884

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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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.

Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music

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Author: John McGrath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317059646

Category: Music

Page: 200

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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.

Beckett and Musicality

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Author: Sara Jane Bailes,Nicholas Till

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317175891

Category: Music

Page: 302

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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

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Author: Harry White

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191563161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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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 in Context

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Author: Anthony Uhlmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107017033

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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

Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts

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Author: S. E. Gontarski

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748675698

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

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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.

Literature and Music

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Author: Michael J. Meyer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042011915

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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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.

Samuel Beckett

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Author: Laura Salisbury

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748649700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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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

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Author: C. Gardner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137014369

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

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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.

The Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett

A Selective Bibliography of Publications About His Plays and Their Conceptual Foundations

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Author: Charles A. Carpenter

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 144118421X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 514

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Words and Music

Camus, Beckett, Cage, Gould

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Author: Deborah Fillerup Weagel

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433108365

Category: Drama

Page: 160

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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.

On Beckett

Essays and Criticism

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Author: S. E. Gontarski

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783081589

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 350

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“On Beckett: Essays and Criticism” is the first collection of writings about the Nobel Prize–winning author that covers the entire spectrum of his work, and also affords a rare glimpse of the private Beckett. More has been written about Samuel Beckett than about any other writer of this century – countless books and articles dealing with him are in print, and the progression continues geometrically. “On Beckett” brings together some of the most perceptive writings from the vast amount of scrutiny that has been lavished on the man; in addition to widely read essays there are contributions from more obscure sources, viewpoints not frequently seen. Together they allow the reader to enter the world of a writer whose work has left an impact on the consciousness of our time perhaps unmatched by that of any other recent creative imagination.

Raum und Objekt im Werk von Samuel Beckett

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Author: Franziska Sick

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839415152

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Bekanntlich korrigiert der rezente »Spatial Turn« den vormalig linguistischen. Diesen Wandel datiert man verbreiteterweise auf einen eher peripheren Text von Foucault (»Von anderen Räumen«). Außer Acht bleibt dabei, in wie hohem Maße bereits der Schweiger Beckett das linguistische Paradigma durch das räumliche ersetzt bzw. dieses verräumlicht hat. Ein Baum, eine Tür, eine Pritsche, ein Wald. Diese Dinge sind so ikonisch wie zugleich raumprägend. Solche Ding-Räumlichkeit findet sich in den Theaterstücken, Fernsehspielen und narrativen Texten Becketts, die Gegenstand der Beiträge dieses Bandes sind.

Samuel Beckett and the Arts

Music, Visual Arts, and Non-print Media

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Author: Lois Oppenheim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780815325277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 389

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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.

Samuel Beckett

Endlessness in the Year 2000

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Author: Angela B. Moorjani,Carola Veit

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042012103

Category: Social Science

Page: 493

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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).

The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett

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Author: Ronan McDonald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139459767

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This is an eloquent and accessible introduction to one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. This book provides biographical and contextual information, but more fundamentally, it also considers how we might think about an enduringly difficult and experimental novelist and playwright who often challenges the very concepts of meaning and interpretation. It deals with his life, intellectual and cultural background, plays, prose, and critical response and relates Beckett's work and vision to the culture and context from which he wrote. McDonald provides a sustained analysis of the major plays, including Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days and his major prose works including Murphy, Watt and his famous 'trilogy' of novels (Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable). This introduction concludes by mapping the huge terrain of criticism Beckett's work has prompted, and it explains the turn in recent years to understanding Beckett within his historical context.

Listening in

Music, Mind, and the Modernist Narrative

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Author: Eric Prieto

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803237322

Category: Music

Page: 322

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What can music teach a novelist, autobiographer, or playwright about the art of telling stories? The musical play of forms and sounds seems initially to have little to do with the representational function of the traditional narrative genres. Yet throughout the modernist era, music has been invoked as a model for narrative in its specifically mimetic dimension. Although modernist writers may conceive of musical communication in widely divergent ways, they have tended to agree on one crucial point: that music can help transform narrative into a medium better adapted to the representation of consciousness. Eric Prieto studies the twentieth-century evolution of this use of music, with particular emphasis on the postwar Parisian avant-garde. For such writers as Samuel Beckett, Michel Leiris, and Robert Pinget, music provides a number of guiding metaphors for the inwardly directed mode of mimesis that Prieto calls "listening in," where the object of representation is not the outside world but the subtly modulating relations between consciousness and world. This kind of semiotic boundary crossing between music and literature is inherently metaphorical, but, as Prieto's analyses of Beckett, Leiris, and Pinget show, these interart analogies provide valuable clues for bringing to light the unspoken assumptions, obscurely understood principles, and extra-literary aspirations that gave such urgency to the modernist quest to better represent the mind in action.

Discern(e)ments

Deleuzian Aesthetics

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Author: Joost de Bloois,Sjef Houppermans,Frans-Willem Korsten

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042018129

Category: History

Page: 310

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A bilingual collection of essays on the aesthetics of Gilles Deleuze, Discern(e)ments highlights what is at stake in Deleuzian philosophy of art. It traces the reception of Deleuzian thought in a broad range of disciplines and gauges its use-value in each of them. Following the dynamics between structure and becoming that punctuates Deleuzian aesthetics, Discern(e)ments sketches and erases boundaries between methods and traditions in philosophy and art theory, as well as in literary, performance and film studies. Offering both numerous case-studies as well as theoretical outlines, Discern(e)ments engages faculties, disciplines and criticisms not in a mere exchange of points of view, but in heterogenesis mapping out further discernments in Deleuzian aesthetics.