By Marshall Brown
The the teeth that Nibbles on the Soul brings jointly Marshall Brown’s new and formerly released writings on literature and song. those essays interact questions which are primary to the advance of literature, track, and the humanities within the interval from Romanticism on the finish of the eighteenth century to the avant-garde pursuits of the early 20th, a interval during which the fashionable evolution of the humanities is coupled with an increase within the value of song as inventive form.
With a unique concentrate on lyric poetry and canonical composers together with Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert, Brown ties the transforming into prominence of tune during this interval to the modernist precept of abstraction. track, as Brown provocatively notes, conveys which means with no explicitly announcing whatever. This precept of abstraction will be taken because the overriding formulation for modernist artwork commonly; and it explains why during this interval tune turns into the version to which the entire different arts, particularly portray and literature, aspire.
Brown’s identify, taken from a poem by means of Emily Dickinson, reminds us that abstraction -- musical and inventive – is something yet toothless; certainly, it "nibbles on the soul" in refined and enduring methods. all through his wide-ranging and erudite research, Brown’s aim is to pinpoint the character of music’s chew and to light up the shared components of literature and music.
While there are lots of earlier comparisons of song and poetry, few are systematic or in keeping with a pretty good wisdom of either literary feedback and musicology. Brown’s essays will be loved by means of a common, well-read public no longer educated in both song or eighteenth-century literature, in addition to by means of an viewers steeped in refined (if no longer technical) musical analysis.