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n Acta Academica - Tonality and texture in Arnold van Wyk's : musical, poetic and personal considerations

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

The four poems as set in Arnold van Wyk's (1916-1983) ( [1934, published 1949]) present a continuum of consciousness that explores various aspects of a sense of loss shared by the poets and echoed by the composer; whether on a cultural or personal level, the underlying motive that inspires their creative impulse is one of engagement reaching out to the unattainable. Van Wyk's unique portrayal of melancholy in these songs is the result of a remarkable interaction of tonal and textural elements that give sensitive expression to the content of the carefully selected poetic texts. Through this interaction, the nature of van Wyk's tonal language, albeit in an early stage of development in this instance, can already be determined, pointing to very specific ways of fusing together elements of structure and expression. Particularly notable are the ways in which tonality and texture are used in the immediate sense to capture the mood of the poems of these songs. On a more profound level, these elements bring forth deeper dimensions of meaning both with regard to the content of the poems and Van Wyk's personal life experiences.


Die vier gedigte soos getoonset in Arnold van Wyk (1916-1983) se (1934, gepubliseer in 1949) werp 'n blik op 'n kontinuum van bewussyn wat verskeie aspekte van 'n besef van verlies, soos deur die digters gedeel en deur die komponis ge-eggo, ontgin; hetsy op die kulturele of persoonlike vlak is die onderliggende motief wat hul kreatiewe impuls inspireer, verknoop met 'n strewe na die onbereikbare. Van Wyk se unieke uitbeelding van melankolie in hierdie liedjies is die resultaat van 'n merkwaardige interaksie van tonale en teksturele elemente wat sensitiewe uitdrukking gee aan die inhoud van die sorgvuldig gekose poëtiese tekste. Deur middel van hierdie interaksie kan die aard van Van Wyk se tonale taal, ofskoon hier nog in 'n vroeë stadium van ontwikkeling, reeds bepaal word in terme van baie spesifieke werkwyses om elemente van struktuur en uitdrukking te vermeng. Veral opmerklik is die wyses waarop tonaliteit en tekstuur in die onmiddellike sin gebruik word om die atmosfeer van die gedigte vas te vang. Op 'n meer diepgaande vlak bring hierdie elemente dieper dimensies van betekenis voort met betrekking tot die inhoud van die gedigte en Van Wyk se persoonlike lewenservarings.

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2019-11-18

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