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PERFORMANCE ISSUES IN COMPOSERS' APPROACHES TO BECKETT

Catherine Laws
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
Vol. 8, POETRY AND OTHER PROSE / POÉSIES ET AUTRES PROSES (1999), pp. 143-158
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25781286
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Composers have often drawn upon Beckett's texts, and whatever the result, the process involves some form of translation for performance. The intention of this paper is to examine this process with respect to two compositions based upon Beckett texts — one by Richard Barrett and the other by Morton Feldman —and to explore the use of the body in the realisation of these. In music, the performing body is often paid little attention. However, Beckett himself made varied use of the body as a means of exploring subjectivity and experience, and it is therefore not surprising that its use in these musical "translations" of Beckett is often central to their effect.

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