By Marshall Brown
The teeth that Nibbles on the Soul brings jointly Marshall Brown’s new and formerly released writings on literature and song. those essays interact questions which are critical to the advance of literature, tune, and the humanities within the interval from Romanticism on the finish of the eighteenth century to the avant-garde pursuits of the early 20th, a interval during which the fashionable evolution of the humanities is coupled with an increase within the value of song as creative form.
With a different specialise in lyric poetry and canonical composers together with Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert, Brown ties the starting to be prominence of track during this interval to the modernist precept of abstraction. track, as Brown provocatively notes, conveys which means with no explicitly asserting something. This precept of abstraction will be taken because the overriding formulation for modernist artwork in most cases; and it explains why during this interval song turns into the version to which the entire different arts, specifically portray and literature, aspire.
Brown’s identify, taken from a poem through Emily Dickinson, reminds us that abstraction -- musical and inventive – is whatever yet toothless; certainly, it "nibbles on the soul" in sophisticated and enduring methods. all through his wide-ranging and erudite research, Brown’s target is to pinpoint the character of music’s chunk and to light up the shared parts of literature and music.
While there are lots of past comparisons of tune and poetry, few are systematic or in keeping with a fantastic wisdom of either literary feedback and musicology. Brown’s essays may be loved via a common, well-read public now not proficient in both track or eighteenth-century literature, in addition to through an viewers steeped in refined (if no longer technical) musical analysis.
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