New PDF release: Music in the Words: Musical Form and Counterpoint in the

By Alan Shockley

there's a powerful culture of literary analyses of the musical paintings. easily positioned, all musicology - any writing approximately tune - is an try out at making analogies among what occurs in the global of sound and language itself. This examine considers this analogy from the other point of view: authors trying to constitution phrases utilizing musical types and strategies. it is a standpoint even more infrequently explored, and not one of the extant stories of novelists' musical recommendations were performed by means of musicians. Can a unique stick with the shape of a symphony and nonetheless be triumphant as a unique? Can musical counterpoint be mimicked via phrases on a web page? Alan Shockley starts trying to find solutions through analyzing music's attraction for novelists, after which explores short works, a prose fugue by means of Douglas Hofstadter, and a quick tale through Anthony Burgess modeled after a Mozart symphony. Analyses of 3 huge, emblematic makes an attempt at musical writing keep on with. The a lot debated 'Sirens' episode of James Joyce's Ulysses, which the writer famously likened to a fugue, Burgess' mostly neglected Napoleon Symphony: a unique in 4 activities, patterned on Beethoven's Eroica, and Joyce's Finnegans Wake, which Shockley examines as an test at composing an absolutely musicalized language. After those 3 higher analyses, Shockley discusses rather fresh short novels, William Gaddis' novella Agap?gape and David Markson's this isn't a unique, offering that every of those confounding texts coheres elegantly while considered as a musically-structured paintings. From the point of view of a composer, Shockley deals the reader clean instruments for drawing close those dense and infrequently daunting texts.

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