Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century

August 2013
4 black and white, 10 line illustrations
268 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843838111
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC MUS006000, LIT000000

Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century

Edited by Phyllis Weliver, Katharine Ellis

A new wave of scholarship inspired by the ways the writers and musicians of the long nineteenth century themselves approached the relationship between music and words.
Words and Notes encourages a new wave of scholarship inspired by the ways writers and musicians of the long nineteenth century themselves approached the relationship between music and words. Contributors to the volume engage in two dialogues: with nineteenth-century conceptions of word-music relations, and with each other. Criss-crossing disciplinary boundaries, the authors of the book's eleven essays address new questions relating to listening, imagining and performing music, the act of critique, and music's links with philosophy and aesthetics. The many points of intersection are elucidated in an editorial introduction and via a reflective afterword. Fiction and poetry, musicography, philosophy, music theory, science and music analysis all feature, as do traditions within English, French and German studies.
Wide-ranging material foregrounds musical memory, soundscape and evocation; performer dilemmas over the words in Satie's piano music; the musicality of fictional and non-fictional prose; text-setting and the rights of poet vs. composer; the rich novelistic and critical testimony of audience inattention at the opera; German philosophy's potential contribution to musical listening; and Hoffmann's send-ups of the serious music-lover. Throughout, music - its composition, performance and consumption - emerges as a profoundly physical and social force, even when it is presented as the opposite.

PHYLLIS WELIVER is Associate Professor of English, Saint Louis University.

KATHARINE ELLIS is Stanley Hugh Badock Professor of Music at the University of Bristol.

Contributors: Helen Abbott, Noelle Chao, Delia da Sousa Correa, Peter Dayan, Katharine Ellis, David Evans, Annegret Fauser, Jon-Tomas Godin, Cormac Newark, Matthew Riley, Emma Sutton, Shafquat Towheed, Susan Youens, Phyllis Weliver

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Keywords: Music

Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaches to Word-Music Studies of the Long Nineteenth Century - Phyllis Weliver and Katharine Ellis
Losing Sense, Making Music: What Erik Satie's Music and Poetry do for Each Other - Peter Dayan
Not Listening in Paris: Critical and Fictional Lapses of Attention at the Opera - Cormac Newark
New Expectations: How to Listen to Sonata Form, 1800-1860 - Jon-Tomas Godin
The Science of Musical Memory: Vernon Lee and the Remembrance of Sounds Past - Shafquat Towheed
Musical Listening in The Mysteries of Udolpho - Noelle Chao
Katherine Mansfield and Nineteenth-Century Musicality - Delia da Sousa Correa
E.T.A. Hoffmann Beyond the 'Paradigm Shift': Music and Irony in the Novellas 1815-1819 -
Fiction as Musical Critique: Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out and the Case of Wagner - Emma Sutton
Théodore de Banville and the Mysteries of Song - David Evans
Performing Poetry as Music: How Composers Accept Baudelaire's Invitation to Song - Helen Abbott
The Grit in the Oyster, or How to Quarrel with a Poet - Susan Youens
Afterword: Wording Notes: Musical Marginalia in the Guise of an Afterword - Annegret Fauser