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Musicality of a Literary Work


Andrzej Hejmej

This book represents an attempt to capture different links between modern literature and music. The author examines strict intertextual correlations, the phenomena of musicality and musicality of literary works, the musical structure in literature, so-called musical literary texts. He focuses on the novel Le Cœur absolu by Philippe Sollers, the poem Todesfuge by Paul Celan, the Preludio e Fughe by Umberto Saba and the drama Judasz z Kariothu [Judas Iscariot] by Karol Hubert Rostworowski. The analysis also includes Stanisław Barańczak’s cycle of poems Podróż zimowa: Wiersze do muzyki Franza Schuberta [Winter Journey: Poems to the Music of Franz Schubert] and a fragment of Scène from Hérodiade by Stéphane Mallarmé in Paul Hindemith’s composition «Hérodiade» de Stéphane Mallarmé.

Around Tadeusz Szulc’s Music in a Literary Work – Musicality: musicality of a literary work – Description of music – Literary fugues (Umberto Saba’s Preludio e Fughe and Paul Celan’s Todesfuge) – Listen and read: two sources of one interpretation strategy (Stanisław Barańczak’s Winter Journey) – Score: Judas Iscariot by Karol Hubert Rostworowski – Literature beyond literature: Hérodiade – «Hérodiade» de Stéphane Mallarmé by Paul Hindemith