Difficult Rhythm: Music and the Word in E.M. Forster by Michelle FillionDifficult Rhythm: Music and the Word in E.M. Forster by Michelle Fillion

Difficult Rhythm: Music and the Word in E.M. Forster

byMichelle Fillion

Hardcover | November 23, 2010

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Difficult Rhythm examines E. M. Forster's irrepressible interest in music, providing plentiful examples of how the eminent British author's fiction resonates with music. Musicologist Michelle Fillion analyzes his critical writings, short stories, and novels, including A Room with a View, which alludes to Beethoven, Wagner, and Schumann, and Howards End, which explicitly alerts readers how fiction can adopt musical forms and ideas. This volume also includes, for the first time in print, Forster's notes on Beethoven's piano sonatas. Documenting his knowledge of music, his musical favorites and friends, and his attitudes toward various composers, performances, and competing musical theories, this engaging book traces the musical influences of luminaries such as Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Britten on Forster's life and work.
Michelle Fillion is an associate professor of musicology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the editor of Early Viennese Chamber Music with Obbligato Keyboard.
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Title:Difficult Rhythm: Music and the Word in E.M. ForsterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 23, 2010Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252035658

ISBN - 13:9780252035654

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"A significant reassessment of one of the twentieth century's finest writers. By paying nuanced attention to the comprehensive role of music in Forster's novels and aesthetics, Fillion finds a new keynote to Forster's literary art. To read his novels without this perspective in play is to miss much."--Scott G. Burnham, author of Beethoven Hero