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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Sunday November 21, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Today's Sermon:
Canonization

The title of Cleanth Brooks's classic The Well Wrought Urn comes from a poem by John Donne:

We’ll build in sonnets pretty roomes;
As well a well wrought urne becomes
The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombes.

The Canonization

"A poem cannot exhaust reality, but it can arrest it: by manifesting a vision of experience available in no other way. This is only possible because, like a physical urn, it is a distinct substantial object: only by its difference from human experience can a poem represent that experience, even as the urn can be a metaphor for a poem only if it is not itself a poem. The alternative to 'crystalline closure' is not, then, an endless and chaotic 'repetition and proliferation,' but a structured relationship of significance."

The Old New Criticism and Its Critics, by R. V. Young, Professor of English at North Carolina State University

Related reading: At War with the Word, by R. V. Young.

Canon:

"A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round." — Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Canonization:

The process of making a musical theme into a canon:

"The phrase continues almost uninterrupted and unvaried until the canonization of the theme…."

Program Notes for
   Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras,
   Sunday May 18, 2003, by Erin Lin
   on Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78,
   by Camille Saint-Saëns

 

For more on this concept, see the Log24.net entries of July 16-31, 2004, and in particular the entries of July 25.

See, too, Theme and Variations, with its midi of Bach's

Fourteen Canons on the First Eight Notes of the Goldberg Ground.
 

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