The relationship between Wilde and music is extremely rich and complex: it involves the author’s knowledge and love for the music of his time and of previous centuries, the many references to music in his oeuvre, the literary use of forms such as chansons and ballads, the musical organization of some of his major works, the musicality of his verses and of his aphorisms but also the music of his own voice (reported by many contemporaries). Most importantly, Wilde’s very commitment to the idea of performance in art and in life will attract many Twentieth and Twenty-First centuries musicians – such as David Bowie, Gavin Friday and Morrissey – who, beside adopting a Wildean stance, will also set his verses to music, or write music inspired by the author and by his writings, showing how the strength of Wilde’s life and work also resides in its capacity of easily translating into non-literary modes.

Oscar Wilde and the Language of Music

Martino, Pierpaolo
2018

Abstract

The relationship between Wilde and music is extremely rich and complex: it involves the author’s knowledge and love for the music of his time and of previous centuries, the many references to music in his oeuvre, the literary use of forms such as chansons and ballads, the musical organization of some of his major works, the musicality of his verses and of his aphorisms but also the music of his own voice (reported by many contemporaries). Most importantly, Wilde’s very commitment to the idea of performance in art and in life will attract many Twentieth and Twenty-First centuries musicians – such as David Bowie, Gavin Friday and Morrissey – who, beside adopting a Wildean stance, will also set his verses to music, or write music inspired by the author and by his writings, showing how the strength of Wilde’s life and work also resides in its capacity of easily translating into non-literary modes.
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