Word, Image, and Song, Vol. 2

Word, Image, and Song, Vol. 2

Essays on Musical Voices

Edited by Rebecca Cypess, Beth L. Glixon, Nathan Link


University of Rochester Press



Applies the notion of musical "voice" to diverse repertoires, ranging from the operas and cantatas of Handel to the autograph albums of nineteenth-century collector Charlotte de Rothschild.
The concept of musical voice has been a subject of controversy in recent decades, as the primacy of the composer's place in the creation of the work has been called into question. The essays in Word, Image, and Song: Essays on Musical Voices take the notion of musical voice as a starting point, and apply it in varying ways to diverse repertoires and music-historical circumstances, ranging from the operas and cantatas of Handel to the autograph albums of nineteenth-century collector Charlotte de Rothschild. Rather than attributing interpretive control to the composer, performer, or audience alone, these essays present a range of interpretive strategies with respect to the various voices that one might hear and understand as emerging from a musical work: the composer's voice, the performer's voice, the patron's voice, the collector's voice, and the social or receptive voice.

Contributors: Bathia Churgin, Rebecca Cypess, Roger Freitas, Philip Gossett, Ellen T. Harris, Joseph Kerman, Nathan Link, Daniel R. Melamed, Giovanni Morelli, Kristina Muxfeldt, Ruth Smith, Ruth A. Solie.

Rebecca Cypess is Assistant Professor of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Beth L. Glixon is instructor in musicology at the University of Kentucky School of Music. Nathan Link is NEH Associate Professor of Music at Centre College.


November 2013
7 black and white, 66 line illustrations
288 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580464307
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS020000, MUS006000
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Table of Contents

The Choices of Hercules and Handel - Ruth Smith
The Cantata as Narrative: Serials, Colloquies, and Commemoratives - Ellen T. Harris
Communities of Time in Handel's Opera - Nathan Link
The Metastasian Sonosphere - Giovanni Morelli
Music for a Saxon Princess - Rebecca Cypess
Text, Voice, and Genre in "Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht" - Daniel R. Melamed
Happy and Sad: Robert Schumann's Art of Ambiguity - Kristina Muxfeldt
Beethoven's Handel and the Messiah - Bathia Churgin
The Livre d'or of Charlotte de Rothschild - Philip Gossett
The Art of Artlessness, or Adelina Patti Teaches Us How to Be Natural - Roger Freitas
Manly Music: Reading Victorian Language - Ruth Solie
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors


These essays illustrate the diversity of approaches that scholars have applied to the study of text and music in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In their sampling of a fascinating variety of musical genres, milieux, and practices, these studies open windows for new insights into cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as into the lives and musical thinking of writers, composers, and performers. --Douglass Seaton, Warren D. Allen Professor of Music, Florida State University

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