Samuel Beckett and Music: Samuel Becket & Music

Hardcover | November 1, 1997

EditorMary BrydenForeword byEdward Beckett

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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 apassionate 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 anumber 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 forthis volume, or is appearing for the first time in English.

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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 apassionate listener to music. In this study - the fir...

Mary Bryden is at University of Paris.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Edward Beckett: ForewordMary Bryden: IntroductionPart I: Words1. Katharine Worth: Words for Music Perhaps2. Mary Bryden: Beckett and the Sound of Silence3. 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 Plays4. Catherine Laws: Morton Feldman's Neither: A Musical Translation of Beckett's Text5. Philippe Albera (trans. Mary Bryden): Beckett and Holliger6. Peter Szendy (trans. Veronica Heath): End Games7. Edith Fournier (trans. Mary Bryden): Marcel Mihalovici and Samuel Beckett: Musicians of Return8. Brigitta Weber (trans. Julian Garforth): That Time: Samuel Beckett and Wolfgang Fortner9. Harry White: 'Something is Taking its Course': Dramatic Exactitude and the Paradigm of Serialism in Samuel Beckett10. John Pilling: Proust and Schopenhauer: Music and ShadowsInterlude: Memories1. Walter Beckett: Music in the Works of Samuel Beckett2. Miron Grindea: Beckett's Involvement with MusicPart II: Music1. Two interviews: Luciano Berio, Philip Glass2. Roger Reynolds: The Indifference of the Broiler to the Broiled3. Giacomo Manzoni (trans. Walter Redfern): Towards Parole da Beckett4. Clarence Barlow: Songs Within Words: The Programme TXMS and the Performance of Ping on the Piano5. Jean-Yves Bosseur (trans. Mary Bryden): Between Word and Silence: Bing6. Melanie Daiken: Working with Beckett Texts7. Earl Kim: A Note: Dead CalmNotes on ContributorsSelect BibliographyIndex

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..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 topronouncements 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