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Word and Music Studies: Essays on Music and the Spoken Word and on Surveying the Field.


Word and music studies; essays on music and the spoken word and on surveying the field.

Ed. by Suzanne M. Lodato and David Francis Urrows.

Editions Rodopi


200 pages



Word and music studies; 7


Lodato and Urrows compile nine essays by international scholars in a variety of fields from the Fourth International Conference on Word and Music Studies in 2003 in Berlin, which was sponsored by the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA). The first section surveys new research that uses philosophy and critical theory to understand the connection between music and literature. These essays discuss the philosophies of Deleuze and Guattari, Wagner's Parsifal and the film The Fisher King, Dominick Argento's The Aspern Papers, and the lieder of Schubert and Strauss. The second section analyzes the element of melody in detail, Samuel Beckett's radio play Words and Music, and short films about Glenn Gould. Lodato is vice-president of WMA and on the staff at the Scholarly Communications program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Urrows is professor of music at Hong Kong Baptist University. The book is not indexed.

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