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Singing Death : Reflections on Music and Mortality (Hardcover)
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Death is an unanswerable question for humanity, the question that always remains unanswered, since it lies beyond human experience. Music represents one of the most profound ways in which humanity struggles; nevertheless, to accommodate death within the scope of the living by giving a voice to death and the dead and a voice that responds. This book engages with the question of how music expresses and responds to the profound existential disturbance that death and loss present to the living. ’Singing Death’ ranges across genres from medieval love song to twenty-first-century horror film music. Each chapter offers readers an encounter with music as a distinct way of speaking or responding to human mortality. The chapters cover a wide range of disciplines: musicology, ethnomusicology, literature, history, philosophy, film studies, psychology and psychoanalysis. Each chapter addresses these questions: How are death and the dead made present to us through music? How does music, as composed, performed and heard, respond to the brute fact of death for the living, the dying and the bereaved? The collection is accompanied by a website including some of the music associated with each of its chapters.
Number of Pages: 202
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Street Date: April 27, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-36-2894