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date: 29 March 2020

Butor, Michellocked

  • Paul Griffiths
  •  and Jean Gribenski

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(b Mons-en-Baroeul, Nord, Sept 14, 1926). French writer. His work shows a particular fascination with means of perceiving, organizing and recording periodicity and the passage of time – journals, timetables, the names of months or geological ages – and so it is not surprising that music should be among the objects of his interest; it has profoundly influenced the handling of time in his novels. He has written texts for music, and in his ‘dialogue’ with the Diabelli Variations he produced a stimulating series of ‘interventions’, part imaginative elaboration, part analytic and historical exegesis. The conception of Midi–minuit Stravinsky, with its complex structuring of a 12-hour span, its exploration of the ‘genius of place’ (Olympus, Earth, Hell, the Fair, the Arch) and its involvement of Stravinskian character-symbols (Pulcinella, Apollo, Noah etc.), is peculiarly Butorian.

Répons: music by H. Pousseur, 1965; text worked into Paysage de répons, pubd in Travaux d’approche...

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