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'A Community of the Imagination': Se irse Bodley's Goethe Settings (paperback edition) Eminent Irish Composer, Se irse Bodley's musical settings of Goethe's poetry. It is edited by Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and at the heart of her musicological reflections musicological reflections is a detailed account of the poems that significantly shaped Bodley's settings. In her reading of each cycle she examines the cultural and poetic contexts, weaving together the confessional with larger cultural forces at play. These details relate to the paperback edition.

'A Community of the Imagination': Seóirse Bodley's Goethe Settings (paperback edition)

Edited by : Lorraine Byrne Bodley

Publication Date 28th, April, 2013

ISBN 9781909325319

Cost €25.00

Eminent Irish Composer, Seóirse Bodley's musical settings of Goethe's poetry. It is edited by Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and at the heart of her musicological reflections musicological reflections is a detailed account of the poems that significantly shaped Bodley's settings. In her reading of each cycle she examines the cultural and poetic contexts, weaving together the confessional with larger cultural forces at play. These details relate to the paperback edition.

The book explores very different but radical musics that can be traced back to Bodley’s Darmstadt period. Mignon and the Harper belongs to the avant-garde, the experimental, with all the challenges to which this has given rise. The more recent song cycle, Gretchen, is a fine example of how Bodley’s style continues
to change and go into unexpected and unseen places. And yet while it is difficult to imagine two more contrasting pieces from the one composer, there is a convergence in the need to create a unique context of meaning through the act of composing. 
Just as  Byrne Bodley's reading of these heterogeneous works as both object and process emphasizes the idea of historical transmission of materials as a living tradition, these settings compel us to experience again the relationship of modernity to tradition in both poetry and the music it has here inspired.

 

 

 

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About the Author(s)

Lorraine Byrne Bodley (editor)

Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Senior Lecturer in Musicology at NUI Maynooth, holds a PhD in Music and in German from University College Dublin and a DMUS in Musicology, a higher doctorate on published work (NUI, 2012). Dr Byrne Bodley is known internationally for her work on Schubert, on Goethe and Music and on German Song, on all of which she has published prolifically and lectured internationally (in German and in English) in Germany, Belgium, Russia, Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. She has published 10 books including: Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues (Ashgate, 2009) which was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 2010 by Choice and has been widely acclaimed as 'a major contribution' to musicology and Goethean studies (Music and Letters, The Schubertian, Choice, Modern Language Review).

 

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