Abstract

Abstract:

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) had a longstanding fondness for James Joyce, whose poetry and prose he occasionally set to music for voice and piano. For one of these settings, "Solitary Hotel," the penultimate number from a late cycle of five songs, Despite and Still (1968), Barber adopted a passage from the so-called "Ithaca" episode in Ulysses, one in which Stephen Dedalus concocts a tale in response to Leopold Bloom's thoughts on "originality" and "success" in contemporary advertising. Barber ingeniously set the text, a central one in terms of the novel's exploration of modernism and modernity, as a tango in popular song form, thereby creating a metatextual parallel to the deeper implications of Stephen's story.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1938-6036
Print ISSN
0021-4183
Pages
pp. 315-328
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-10
Open Access
No
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