Beckett and musicality

Bailes, Sara Jane and Till, Nicholas, eds. (2014) Beckett and musicality. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, England/Burlington, US. ISBN 9781472409638

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Abstract

Discussion concerning the ’musicality’ of Samuel Beckett’s writing now constitutes a familiar critical trope in Beckett Studies, one that continues to be informed by the still-emerging evidence of Beckett’s engagement with music throughout his personal and literary life, and by the ongoing interest of musicians in Beckett’s work. In Beckett’s drama and prose writings, the relationship with music plays out in implicit and explicit ways. Several of his works incorporate canonical music by composers such as Schubert and Beethoven. Other works integrate music as a compositional element, in dialogue or tension with text and image, while others adopt rhythm, repetition and pause to the extent that the texts themselves appear to be ’scored’. But what, precisely, does it mean to say that a piece of prose or writing for theatre, radio or screen, is ’musical’? The essays included in this book explore a number of ways in which Beckett’s writings engage with and are engaged by musicality, discussing familiar and less familiar works by Beckett in detail. Ranging from the scholarly to the personal in their respective modes of response, and informed by approaches from performance and musicology, literary studies, philosophy, musical composition and creative practice, these essays provide a critical examination of the ways we might comprehend musicality as a definitive and often overlooked attribute throughout Beckett’s work.

Item Type: Edited Book
Keywords: Samuel Beckett, Music, Musicality, Theatre
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML0430 Composition and performance
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0960 Music in the theatre
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2100 History > PN2131 By period > PN2181 Modern > PN2193 Special topics, A-Z > PN2193.E86 Experimental theatre
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR0621 Drama
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Depositing User: Sara Bailes
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 11:30
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 13:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56460
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