Fragment, time and memory: unity in Kurtág's Kafka Fragments

Scheuregger, Martin (2014) Fragment, time and memory: unity in Kurtág's Kafka Fragments. Contemporary Music Review, 33 (4). pp. 408-427. ISSN 0749-4467

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2014.977030

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Abstract

György Kurtág (b. 1926) is a composer whose concern with fragmentation runs deep into individual pieces, whilst seeming to splinter his oeuvre. His relatively select number of works includes many that manifestly deal with the notion of ‘the fragment’: the pinnacle of these is his Op. 24, Kafka Fragments (1985–1986). Memory and time play an important role in a listener’s understanding of this work, as the music is woven together by temporally-dislocated connections and timeless associations. Perceptual, analytical and compositional precedents are taken as a starting point for creating a framework in which the notion of fragmentation in Kurtág’s music might be understood.

Keywords:Kurtág, Musical Analysis, Temporality, Time, Memory, Fragments, Nonlinear, NotOAChecked
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:24078
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 11:12

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