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War and Death in the Music of George Crumb


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  • Crumb, The Winds of Destiny, and Black Angels
  • Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1. Analyzing Memory and Trauma in the Music of Crumb

  • Methodologies
    • Collective Memory and Trauma
    • Death in Wartime
    • Collective Memory, Sound, Space, and Place
    • Memory and Musical Analysis
  • A Crisis of Collective Memory

Chapter 2. Collective Haunting and the Civil War

  • Trauma and Memory
  • Ghosts and Memory
    • "Beautiful Dreamer"
    • "Bringing in the Sheaves"
  • "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3. The Winds of Destiny and the Musical Grotesque

  • Collective Civil War Memory
  • Victorious Belliphonic
  • Creating the Grotesque: Mahler’s Funeral March
  • Musical Grotesque
  • A Grotesque Musical Memorial
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4. Black Angels, The Things They Carried, and the Vietnam War

  • Black Angels Reception
  • Notions of Truth and Narrative
  • Trauma, Morality, and Blurriness
  • Things
  • Happening-Truth and Story-Truth
    • "Night of the Electric Insects"
    • "Bones and Flutes"
    • "Pavana Lachrymae"
  • Return

Chapter 5. Place and Subjectivity in Black Angels

  • Place, Wilderness, and Nature
    • "Night of the Electric Insects"
    • Placelessness
    • "Lost Bells"
  • God, the Devil, and the Morality of War
  • Listening

Chapter 6. Conclusion: Ongoing Crisis

  • Ongoing Crisis of Collective Memory

About the Author

Abigail Shupe is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on Rameau and experimentation in Enlightenment France and George Crumb’s music about death and war. She lives in Fort Collins, CO with her family.

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