Bringing the research of musicologists, art historians, and film studies scholars into dialogue, this book explores the relationships between visual art forms and music. The chapters are organized around three core concepts – threshold, intermediality, and synchresis – which offer ways of understanding and discusssing the interplay between the arts of sounds and images. Refuting the idea that music and visual art forms only operate in parallel, the contributors instead consider how the arts of sound and vision are entwined across a wide array of materials, genres and time periods.
Contributors delve into a rich variety of topics, ranging from the art of Renaissance Italy to the politics of opera in contemporary Los Angeles to the popular television series Breaking Bad. Placing these chapters in conversation, this volume develops a shared language for cross-disciplinary inquiry into arts that blend music and visual components, integrates insights from film studies with the conversation between musicology and art history, and moves the study of music and visual culture forward.
Setting the Scene
2 -Synch: Scenes of Implication
3 - Armida In-Between. The Translation of the Affetti.
Voice as Presence and Absence
4 - La Voix humaine (1959-2016) and the "Epiphany" of the Performer’s Identity
5 - Puppets that Sing or Scenery that Breathes: Phelim McDermott’s Satyagraha
6 - Manipulating (Public) Images in the Contemporary Music Documentary
7 - A New Carmen for a Renewed Spain: Nationalism and Cinema during the Spanish Civil War
8 - "Uber Opera": The Politics of Site-Specific Mobile Opera in Los Angeles
9 - Quel trouble me saisit? The Arrested Gaze of Armide in Poussin, Quinault and Lully
10 - Music in Cuban Revolutionary Cinema: Musical Experimentation in the Service of Revolutionary Ideology
11 - Ken Russell’s Mahler: A Musical Phantasmagoria
12 - There’s Meth in the Madness: Music and Incongruence in AMC’s Breaking Bad
From Silence to Sound and Back
13 - Music, Painting, Cosmos, Chaos: Flaying and Playing in Titian and Ribera
14 - Armonia: Seeing and Hearing in Veronese’s Le nozze di Cana
15 - Listening to Space in Time
16 - The Allowable Voices of Silent Opera Films in 1910s Ireland