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Samuel Beckett and Music - Mary Bryden

Samuel Beckett and Music

By: Mary Bryden (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9780198184270
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

`A book on the subject was long overdue, and Mary Bryden's collection of essays elegantly fills the gap ... in these vaporously postmodern times it is refreshing to encounter a volume with as well defined and well-researched a subject as this ... These essays enhance our understanding of music in Beckett and our sense of its mystery, too.' David Wheatley, The Irish Times (Dublin) ..this book is the first to move beyond analogy to a sustained consideration of the relation between his words and music other than the music of words. ... Bryden's own essay, 'Beckett and the Sound of Silence'. provides a stimulating synthesis of materials. ... making telling reference to pronouncements on music by philosophers and musicians. This piece takes its place as the authoriative statement on the subject./Paul Lawley/Irish Studies Review 6/3

Edward Beckett: Foreword Mary Bryden: Introduction Part I: Words 1: Katharine Worth: Words for Music Perhaps 2: Mary Bryden: Beckett and the Sound of Silence 3: Everett Frost: The Note Man on the Word Man: Morton Feldman on Composing the Music for Samuel Beckett's Words and Music in The Beckett Festival of Radio Plays 4: Catherine Laws: Morton Feldman's Neither: A Musical Translation of Beckett's Text 5: Philippe Albèra (trans. Mary Bryden): Beckett and Holliger 6: Peter Szendy (trans. Veronica Heath): End Games 7: Edith Fournier (trans. Mary Bryden): Marcel Mihalovici and Samuel Beckett: Musicians of Return 8: Brigitta Weber (trans. Julian Garforth): That Time: Samuel Beckett and Wolfgang Fortner 9: Harry White: 'Something is Taking its Course': Dramatic Exactitude and the Paradigm of Serialism in Samuel Beckett 10: John Pilling: Proust and Schopenhauer: Music and Shadows Interlude: Memories 1: Walter Beckett: Music in the Works of Samuel Beckett 2: Miron Grindea: Beckett's Involvement with Music Part II: Music 1: Two interviews: Luciano Berio, Philip Glass 2: Roger Reynolds: The Indifference of the Broiler to the Broiled 3: Giacomo Manzoni (trans. Walter Redfern): Towards Parole da Beckett 4: Clarence Barlow: Songs Within Words: The Programme TXMS and the Performance of Ping on the Piano 5: Jean-Yves Bosseur (trans. Mary Bryden): Between Word and Silence: Bing 6: Melanie Daiken: Working with Beckett Texts 7: Earl Kim: A Note: Dead Calm Notes on Contributors Select Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198184270
ISBN-10: 0198184271
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.31  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.58