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Can music be considered literature?

I would say Music should not be classified as Literature because to do so would cause much confusion in talking about work in two fundamentally distinct artistic mediums. [See PephenKinD's answer for ...
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Are Songs of Experience and Songs of Innocence actually songs? Or is the word song a metaphor?

There's a substantial body of evidence that the title "Songs of Innocence" points to the fact that the poems were intended to be sung. In the article William Blake and the Music of the Songs, Kevin ...
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Is Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" supposed to be uplifting or mournful?

“A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” is, undoubtedly, one of Dylan’s best songs, and in fact it was the song that Patti Smith performed during the Nobel prize ceremony last year. Before I attempt an answer ...
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Who classified Rabindranath Tagore's lyrics into the six standard categories?

The English-language Wikipedia is wrong. The classification was Tagore's own. The Bengali-language Wikipedia entry for গীতবিতান / giitabitaan says: ১৯৩১ সালে (আশ্বিন, ১৩৩৮ বঙ্গাব্দ) এই গ্রন্থের প্রথম ...
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Did Jascha Heifetz really have a connection to Odessa, as suggested in Babel's 'The Awakening'?

According to a biography of Jascha Heifetz, in the summer of 1911, the 10-year-old him was giving concerts in Pavlosvk and Odessa. A whole chapter is devoted to this, here's a minor extract: During ...
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Numbering of Petrarch's sonnets

tl;dr Depends on how and what you count, yo. Do non-sonnets count? Background (can be safely skipped) Petrarch worked on his sequence to Laura, variously referred to as Il Canzoniere ("The ...
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Bright or brightly?

I have never met Sherri Poterfield so obviously I can only speculate on why she made this choice. But that I will do! The Poterfield's melody begins with a musical structure that is called a "Satz" (...
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Can music be considered literature?

Generally, music and literature are two different genres of art, with the distinctions hinging on the medium used. The former is understood to be the organization and production of harmonious sounds, ...
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Why did Calaf offer Turandot the deal?

In one sense, it's a counter to her own riddles: for the suitors, who were unable to answer Turandot's riddles, their punishment is death. Calaf however knows that Turandot's greatest fear isn't death,...
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Looking for an essay comparing Beethoven to Hamlet

Could this possibly be: Edgecombe, R. S. (2011). The deictic in “diese Töne”: Thoughts on the finale’s proem in the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. Musical Times, 152(1917), 31–44. This article is ...
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Can music be considered literature?

Certainly there are those that consider music to be literature. In fact, the organization PEN New England (a chapter of PEN America) which among other things confers over $150,000 to writers in the ...
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Dinosaur story for children

Could this be one of the Dinotopia stories? As far as I can tell, the only one of these available in 1994 would have been the first book, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, published in 1992 - notably,...
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Did Jascha Heifetz really have a connection to Odessa, as suggested in Babel's 'The Awakening'?

Jascha Heifetz was Jewish, from the Russian empire (which included both Lithuania and Ukraine/Odessa), so it is safe to assume that he could have had family connections in Odessa or, at least, could ...
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Can music be considered literature?

Literary theory does not treat music as part of literature. For example, the introductory chapter to Terry Eagleton's book Literary Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell, 1983, pages 1-16) discusses what ...
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Can music be considered literature?

Consider the negation of "can music be considered literature?" The negation is: "music cannot be considered literature." From a strictly logical perspective, that would mean that there is no music ...
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In Peter and the Wolf, why is Peter represented by a String quartet?

Peter is represented by the string quartet because he is the main character. In most types of orchestral work that is NOT a concerto (that is, an extended solo performance of an instrument), the ...
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In Peter and the Wolf, why is Peter represented by a String quartet?

the cat by a clarinet playing staccato in a low register On my reading, at least, it is not entirely true that each character is represented by an instrument, but rather by a combination of theme and ...
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