Singing Death: Reflections On Music And Mortality by Helen DellSinging Death: Reflections On Music And Mortality by Helen Dell

Singing Death: Reflections On Music And Mortality

EditorHelen Dell, Helen M. Hickey

Hardcover | April 17, 2017

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Death is an unanswerable question for humanity, the question that always remains unanswered because it lies beyond human experience. Music represents one of the most profound ways in which humanity struggles, nevertheless, to accommodate death within the scope of the living by giving a voice to death and the dead and a voice that responds. This book engages with the question of how music expresses and responds to the profound existential disturbance that death and loss present to the living. Each chapter offers readers an encounter with music as a way of speaking or responding to human mortality. Each chapter, in its own way, addresses these questions: How are death and the dead made present to us through music? How does music, as composed, performed and heard, respond to the brute fact of death for the living, the dying and the bereaved? These questions are addressed from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives: musicology, ethnomusicology, literature, history, philosophy, film studies, psychology and psychoanalysis.Singing Deathalso covers a wide range of musical genres from medieval love song to twenty-first-century horror film music. The collection is accompanied by a website including some of the music associated with each of its chapters.

Helen Dellis a Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. Her main area of research is medieval song. Her PhD thesis was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2008 asDesire by Gender and Genre in Trouv' Song.A recent focus has been the nexus between music and death. Recent publications include 'Musi...
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Title:Singing Death: Reflections On Music And MortalityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 17, 2017Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Music for the Dead and the LivingHelen Dell

Part One: Going home
Chapter 1: Into the Profound Deep: Pulled by a Song Samuel Curkpatrick
Chapter 2: 'Farewell Vain World, I'm Going Home': Negotiating Death in the Sacred Harp TraditionFrances Miller
Chapter 3: Crossing Over, Returning Home: Expressions of Death as a Place in George Crumb's River of LifeAbigail Shupe

Part Two: 'Lest we forget': music, history and myth
Chapter 4: Public Mourning, The Nation, and Samuel Barber's Adagio for StringsKip Pegley
Chapter 5: Swinging in Heaven, Boppin' in Hell: Jazz and DeathWalter van de Leur
Chapter 6: 'Sad and Solemn Requiems': Disaster Songs and Complicated Grief in the Aftermath of Nova Scotia Mining DisastersHeather Sparling

Part Three: Approaching by turning away: metaphorical death
Chapter 7: Moving between worlds: Death, the otherworld and traditional Irish songMary McLaughlin
Chapter 8: Dying for Love in trouv' songHelen Dell

Part Four: The restless dead
Chapter 9: To the Tune of "Queen Dido": The Spectropoetics of Early Modern English BalladryLindsay Ann Reid
Chapter 10: 'Break on through to the other side': Songs of Death in Supernatural Horror FilmsPenny Spirou and Natalie Lewandowski
Chapter 11: 'And the Stars Spell out Your Name': The Funeral Music of Diana, Princess of WalesHelen M. Hickey
Chapter 12: Barthes's Orphic Quest: music and mourning in Camera LucidaHenriette Korthals Altes