On Voice


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The essays collected here raise a simple but rarely asked question: just what, exactly, is voice? From this founding question, many others proliferate: Is voice an animal category, as Aristotle thought? Or is it distinctively human? Is it essentially related to language? To music? To song and singing? Is it a mark of presence or of absence? Is it a kind of object? How is our sense of voice affected by the development of recording technology? The authors in this volume approach such questions primarily by turning away from a general idea of voice and instead investigating what can be learned by attending to the qualities and acts of particular voices. The range is wide: from Poe’s “Leigeia” to Woolf’s The Waves, from Jussi Björling to Waltraud Meier, from song to oratorio to opera and beyond. Throughout, consistent with the volume’s origin in papers delivered at the eighth biennial meeting of the International Association for Word and Music Studies, the role of voice in joining or separating words and music is paramount. These studies address key topics in musicology, literary criticism, philosophy, aesthetics, and performance studies, and will also appeal to practicing musicians.

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Lawrence Kramer: On Voice: An Introduction
Michael Halliwell: “Her throat, full of aching, grieving beauty”: Reflections on Voice in the Operatic Adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Sophie’s Choice
Simon Williams: The Vocal Persona of Jussi Björling
Lawrence Kramer: The Voice of/in Opera
Laura Wahlfors: Resonances and Dissonances: Listening to Waltraud Meier’s Envoicing of Isolde
Albrecht Riethmüller: From Vox alias Phoné to Voice: A Few Terminological Observations
Charity McAdams: Indefiniteness, Ethereality, and Unarticulated Meaning: Breath, Music and the Problem of ‘Voice’ in Poe’s “Ligeia”
Delia da Sousa Correa: Voice and Vocation in the Novels of George Eliot
Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen: Voice and Presence in Music and Literature: Virginia Woolf’s The Waves
Axel Englund: The Mahlerian Mask: On Heine’s Voice and Visage in Post-War Germany
Gerold W. Gruber: Voice and Voices in Oratorios: On Sacred and Other Voices
Robert Samuels: Schubert’s Instrumental Voice: Vocality in Melodic Construction in the Late Works
Jessie Fillerup: Composing Voices and Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole
David Francis Urrows: La Castrata and the Voices in My Head
Albrecht Riethmüller: Homer Simpson’s “Doh!”: Singsong between Music and Speech
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