The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0263 Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Date: June 28, 2010 3:46:52 AM EDT
Subject: 21.0255 Middleton and Macbeth
Comment: Re: SHK 21.0255 Middleton and Macbeth
Marina Tarlinskaya quoted these words:
Professor Gasparov once said, "Intuition needs to be earned."
I couldn't agree more. I have a pretty good intuitive ear in music. People
put me to the test in all kinds of ways. They will put on a piece; I'll say
I don't know it at all, but it could be early Wagner. It is, and I didn't
know early Wagner I can turn on the radio and hear a hitherto unknown work
and know that it is by Clara Schumann, because I know her musical language.
I know that a Cello Concerto that passes under the name of Haydn is not by
him. I don't have to do any special studies or tests, I simply know his
idiosyncrasies. This knowledge comes more from love of music than from
analysis, though I do this as well, but never coldly. When you are 'in
love', you look at every detail. I can't pretend to have as sensitive an ear
for poetry. I'm still working on Titus. I'd be fascinated if Marina could
point out changes, lapses of style or quality in the play. But maybe not on
this thread. When I went back to reading Shakespeare a few years ago, I
found that I was carried as by one lyrical current from beginning to end of
certain plays, mostly earlier plays, Richard II or Titus. I'm not going to
waste two seconds of my time worrying about who else might have contributed
to Macbeth, partly because I got sick of the obsessive to and fro-ing
arguments, in which people are more interested in 'proving' and rebutting,
and lose sight altogether of the plays themselves. One man only is
responsible for the greatness of Macbeth.
Enjoy the plays,
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