Claude Simon has drawn heavily on fugal patterns of composition in the writing of La Bataille de Pharsale. Aesthetic, thematic, and linguistic factors determined this choice of musical model. Close analysis of the structure of Simon's novel reveals striking correspondences with the internal dynamics of the fugue's movements and its polyphonic variations, while consideration of certain recurrent motifs highlights the importance of the text’s extended exploration of the semantic and etymological interplay between fugue and flight.
|Journal||Cahiers Claude Simon|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Oct 2021|
- Claude Simon
- La Bataille de Pharsale
- musical structure
- visual arts