Exploring Musical Narratology

Exploring Musical Narratology

The Romeo and Juliet Myth in Music

Malgorzata Pawlowska

Paperback
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Pendragon Press

Overview

Overview

Discusses the problem of narrativity in works of music based on the example of the myth of Romeo and Juliet, presented here in a broad cultural context.
The story of Romeo and Juliet, because of its reach, meaning, content, and structure, carries all the characteristics of a modern myth. Even though it is almost exclusively associated with Shakespeare, the legend as such had featured in the oral tradition and in various epic forms long before Shakespeare's times.

Exploring Musical Narratology: The Romeo and Juliet Myth in Music discusses the problem of narrativity in works of music based on the example of the myth of Romeo and Juliet, presented here in a broad cultural context. The book reflects the author's interest in two subject matters: on the one hand, the ways in which the Romeo and Juliet myth features in the history of music and, on the other hand, the question whether the category of narrative can be useful in researching music. The study also tackles the theme of the semantics of love and hate in music.

Investigating the functioning of the Romeo and Juliet theme in the history of music, with reference to Shakespeare's text, can point us toward the similarities and differences between literary and musical narratives, and provide the basis for an attempt to define the changes that have taken place in musical narrative throughout the ages.

MALGORZATA PAWLOWSKA, PhD, is a Lecturer in Music Theory at the Academy of Music in Krakow.

Details

October 2018
340 pages
10x7 in
Interplay
ISBN: 9781576473108
Format: Paperback
Pendragon Press
BIC AVA, 2AB
BISAC MUS020000, LIT015000, SOC011000
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Table of Contents

Preface
PART 1. ON NARRATIVE
The Conceptual and Ontological Scope of Narrative
Narratology as a Research Perspective
PART 2. THE ROMEO AND JULIET MYTH IN CULTURE
The Archetypal Narrative of the Romeo and Juliet Myth
The Semantics of Love and Hate
Concretization of the Romeo and Juliet Myth in Various Media
PART 3. NARRATIVES OF THE ROMEO AND JULIET MYTH IN MUSIC. INTERPRETATIONS
A Few Remarks on the Adoped Narratological Perspective
Narrative in Singspiel: George Benda - Romeo und Julie
Narrative in Bel Canto Opera: Vincenzo Bellini - I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Narrative in the Dramatic Symphony: Hector Berlioz - Roméo et Juliette
Narrative in Lyrical Opera: Charles Gounod - Roméo et Juliette
Narrative in Symphonic Poem: Peter Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
Narrative in Ballet: Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet
Narrative in the Musical: Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story
Narrative in Film Music: Nino Rota - Music to Franco Zefirelli's film Romeo and Juliet
Narrative in Contemporary Opera: Pascal Dusapin - Roméo et Juliette
PART4. A FEW COMPARATIVE ASPECTS. FINAL REFLECTIONS
Appendices
Literature