The Sound of "Sirens": Joyce's Fuga Per Canonem and Absolute Music

Witen, Michelle. (2012) The Sound of "Sirens": Joyce's Fuga Per Canonem and Absolute Music. Variations, 20 (Spring 2012). pp. 157-169.

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Beginning with an historical analysis of the fugue and its place in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century musicology, this article examines James Joyce’s claims of having written the “Sirens” episode of Ulysses as a fuga per canonem .  Keeping in mind that the fugue was considered to be the highest form of absolute music at the time that Joyce was writing “Sirens,” this article establishes that Joyce’s implementation of the fugue is in keeping with the spirit of absolute music in that structure and effect are granted equal importance.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
UniBasel Contributors:Witen, Michelle
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Peter Lang
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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