Dec 022014

In November 2014 an article of mine was published in Contemporary Music Review.

New publication in Contemporary Music Review

The article, entitled ‘Fragment, Time and Memory: Unity in Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments’ was published in November 2014 as part of a special issue: ‘Musical Narratives: Studies in Time and Motion’ (Volume 33, Issue 4, 2014). The article explores musical fragmentation through a case study of György Kurtrág’s Kafka Fragments, and is the result of a substantial part of my PhD research.

The article is available through Taylor and Francis and there are a limited number of free author eprints available via this link:

The abstract reads:

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.