Musico-Poetics in Perspective: Calvin S. Brown in Memoriam

Ulrich Weisstein, Jean-Louis Cupers
Rodopi, 2000 - 313
The volume is dedicated to the memory of the late Calvin S. Brown of the University of Georgia, author of the first systematically conceived survey - Music and Literature: A Comparison of the Arts (1948) - of the branch of interart studies now generally known as Melopoetics. Part One consists of six original contributions by experts from Austria, Belgium, France, and the United States. Authored by a novelist and a composer/scholar, respectively, the first two essays - Jean Libis's Inspiration musicale et composition littraire: Rflexions sur un roman schubertien and David M. Hertz's The Composer's Musico-Literary Experience: Reflections on Song Writing - focus, not surprisingly, on the creative process. The third piece - Francis' Claudon's review of the pertinent research done between 1970 and 1990 - complements the honoree's analogous report on the preceding decades, reprinted in the present volume, whereas the fourth - Jean-Louis Cupers' Mtaphores de l'cho et de l'ombre: Regards sur l'volution des tudes musico-littraires - surveys the plethora of metaphorical applications, in music and literature, of two significant natural phenomena, the one acoustic and the other optical. Linked to each other, the two remaining papers - Ulrich Weisstein's The Miracle of Interconnectedness: Calvin S. Brown, a Critical Biography and Walter Bernhart's A Profile in Retrospect: Calvin S. Brown as a Musico-Literary Scholar - offer critical accounts of the honoree's theoretical and methodological stance as viewed, in the first case, from a biographical angle and, in the second, in the light of subsequent scholarly practice.Part Two bundles eleven of Professor Brown's previously uncollected articles, covering a period of nearly half a century of significant scholarly activity in the field. The selection demonstrates Brown's poignant interest in transpositions d'art exemplifying the musicalization of literature in the formal and structural, rather than thematic, domain as culminating in his trenchant critique of music in poetry as understood, somewhat navely, by Mallarm and his critics, and, to a slightly lesser extent, by his translation of Josef Weinhebers' variations on Friedrich Hölderlin's ode An die Parzen. Just as Professor Brown's successive anatomies of melopoetic theory and practice illustrate his steadily growing sophistication and the maturing of his mind, so his Bloomington lecture The Writing and Reading of Language and Music: Thoughts on Some Parallels Between two Artistic Media reflects his unique ability to assemble, and organize, vast materials and comprehensive data in such a way as to reveal the underlying pattern.



Jean Libis
David Michael Hertz
Francis Claudon
JeanLouis Cupers
Ulrich Weisstein
A Profile in Retrospect
Calvin S Browns Legacy
The Poetic Use of Musical Forms 1944
The Musical Analogies in Mallarms Un Coup de Ds 1967
Josef Weinhebers Hölderlin Variations
MusicoLiterary Research in the Last
Theme and Variations as a Literary Form 1978
Literature and Music A Developing Field of Study 1980
The Writing and Reading of Language and Music
Theoretical Foundations for the Study of the Mutual
Notes on the Contributors

The Joe Fisher Symphony 1959