Theodore Ziolkowski's Music into Fiction Composers Writing, Compositions Imitated brings together a collection of essays investigating how music and fiction have intersected in the creative output of individual composers or authors. Ziolkowski attempts to delimit this immense topic by bracketing off discussion of complex issues of poetry, text setting, and theoretical relationships between music and language. Still, the scope of the book spans two centuries and cuts through a broad swath of topics: the literary efforts of well-known composers, the compositional efforts of well-known authors, literary attempts at adapting musical genres as formal guides for fiction, the literary reference to famous compositions, and even the notable case of composers realizing the fictional musical works described in Thomas Mann's novel Doktor Faustus. Much of the material has been published elsewhere in isolated essays, but is combined here along with new material with the aim of providing some broader comparisons among...

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