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Free Content GEISTERTRIO: Beethoven's Music in Samuel Beckett's Ghost Trio

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The role of Beethoven's music in Beckett's second television play is very complex. In this paper, I first analyze the formal structure of the second movement of the Geistertrio - the Largo assai ed espressivo - that Beckett used in the play. I then describe at what points in the play Beckett introduced the musical passages from this movement. Thirdly, I outline the six stages of development in Beckett's conception of the role music was to play in his Ghost Trio. This article is a shortened, revised, and translated version of a much longer article (Maier 2000). The second part will appear in the next volume of SBT/A.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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