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Kurtag's Russian settings: The word made flesh

Walsh, Stephen 2001. Kurtag's Russian settings: The word made flesh. Contemporary Music Review 20 (2-3) , pp. 71-88. 10.1080/07494460100640181

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Much of Kurtág's mature work reveals a preoccupation with the Word, either as bearer of meaning or as a self-contained unit of sonority. The interest in language is connected with lapidary forms, whose source appears to lie in a spiritual and creative crisis Kurtág underwent in Paris in 1956, hence their frequent connection in his mind with squalor, degradation and self-mortification. The Russian language works appear to feed on this connection in a specifically passionate, theatrical why which yields a greater expressive range than in much of Kurtág's work, while essentially basing themselves on similar ideas and gestures to those of other works of the time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 07494467
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:52

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