Word and Music Studies: Defining the Field

Proceedings of the First International Conference on Word and Music Studies at Graz, 1997


The nineteen interdisciplinary essays assembled in WORD AND MUSIC STUDIES I were first presented in 1997 at the founding conference of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) in Graz, Austria. Diverse in subject matter, theoretical orientation, critical approach, and interpretive strategy, they share a keen scholarly interest in contemporary word-music reflection. Registering the impact of cultural studies on word-music relations, as manifested in the 'new musicology' and other 'historicist' approaches, the volume aims to assess the entire field of word and music studies, to define its subject, objectives, and methodology and to describe the field's state of the art. Within the broader context of generic, structural, performative, and ideological considerations concerning the manifold interrelations between literature and music, contributors explore wide-ranging topics, such as the vexing question of terminology (e.g. 'word and music', 'melopoetics', 'interart', 'intermedial', 'transmedial'); inquiry into the meaning, narrative potential, and verbalization of music; analysis of texted music (the Lied and opera) and instrumental music; and discussion of individual issues (e.g. 'ekphrasis', 'musicalization of fiction', 'word music', and 'verbal music') and interart loanwords (e.g. 'narrativity', 'counterpoint', and 'leitmotif').

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Walter BERNHART: Introduction. 1. THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS. Steven Paul SCHER: Melopoetics Revisited. Reflections on Theorizing Word and Music Studies. Walter BERNHART: Some Reflections on Literary Genres and Music. Werner WOLF: Musicalized Fiction and Intermediality. Theoretical Aspects of Word and Music Studies. John NEUBAUER: Bartók and the Politics of Folk Music. Musico-Literary Studies in an Age of Cultural Studies. Daniel ALBRIGHT: Untwisting the Serpent. Recasting Laokoon for Modernist Comparative Arts. 2. LITERATURE AND MUSIC. Suzanne M. LODATO: Recent Approaches to Text/Music Analysis in the Lied. A Musicological Perspective. Cyrus HAMLIN: The Romantic Song Cycle as Literary Genre. Michael HALLIWELL: Narrative Elements in Opera. Ulrich WEISSTEIN: Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, davon muß man singen. Varieties of Verbo-Vocal Utterance in Opera. 3. MUSIC IN LITERATURE. Claus CLÜVER: The Musikgedicht. Notes on an Ekphrastic Genre. Ulla-Britta LAGERROTH: Reading Musicalized Texts as Self-Reflexive Texts. Some Aspects of Interart Discourse. Kii-Ming LO: Some Functions of Music in Chinese Classical Literature. William E. GRIM: Musical Form as a Problem in Literary Criticism. Anja MÜLLER-MUTH: A Playful Comment on Word and Music Relations. Anthony Burgess's Mozart and the Wolf Gang. 4. LITERATURE IN MUSIC. Mary M. BREATNACH: Pli selon pli. A Conflation of Theoretical Stances. Siglind BRUHN: Piano Poems and Orchestral Recitations. Instrumental Music Interprets a Literary Text. 5. MEANING IN VOCAL MUSIC. Lawrence KRAMER: Beyond Words and Music. An Essay on Songfulness. Albrecht RIETHMÜLLER: Gott! erhalte. National Anthems and the Semantics of Music. Aubrey S. GARLINGTON: Music, Word, Performance. Sounds of Meaning.
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