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Odradek Analysis: Reflections on Musical Ontology

Odradek Analysis: Reflections on Musical Ontology MUSICAL ONTOLOGY Odradek is the form things take in oblivion. (Walter Benjamin) `Odradek' is the name ± its origin unclear, its meaning unknown ± by which the speaker of Kafka's parable `Cares of a Family Man' knows an indescribable something that lives in his house. This object, which is also half a subject, appears now and again in transitional spaces, `the attic, the stairway, the halls, the foyer', attracting annoyance and affection in equal measure. Its shape, which is no shape, lies somewhere between that of a star and of a spool, and is thus not only equivocal in itself but set equivocally between the banal (a typographical mark; a spindle for the threads that dangle from Odradek here and there) and the profound (a symbol of aspiration or spirit and perhaps of Judaism; a spindle for the thread spun, cut and woven by the fates).1 Odradek is not silent. It, or he, will even talk to you, even laugh. But `it is only the kind of laughter that has no lungs behind it. It sounds rather like the rustling of fallen leaves.'2 With no lungs, no breath, Odradek certainly cannot sing; the leafy rustle of its laughter http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Odradek Analysis: Reflections on Musical Ontology

Music Analysis , Volume 23 (2‐3) – Jul 1, 2004

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Copyright © 2004 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0262-5245
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1468-2249
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10.1111/j.0262-5245.2004.00205.x
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MUSICAL ONTOLOGY Odradek is the form things take in oblivion. (Walter Benjamin) `Odradek' is the name ± its origin unclear, its meaning unknown ± by which the speaker of Kafka's parable `Cares of a Family Man' knows an indescribable something that lives in his house. This object, which is also half a subject, appears now and again in transitional spaces, `the attic, the stairway, the halls, the foyer', attracting annoyance and affection in equal measure. Its shape, which is no shape, lies somewhere between that of a star and of a spool, and is thus not only equivocal in itself but set equivocally between the banal (a typographical mark; a spindle for the threads that dangle from Odradek here and there) and the profound (a symbol of aspiration or spirit and perhaps of Judaism; a spindle for the thread spun, cut and woven by the fates).1 Odradek is not silent. It, or he, will even talk to you, even laugh. But `it is only the kind of laughter that has no lungs behind it. It sounds rather like the rustling of fallen leaves.'2 With no lungs, no breath, Odradek certainly cannot sing; the leafy rustle of its laughter

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Published: Jul 1, 2004

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