MICHEL BUTOR'S TEXT-SCORE. 'DIALOGUE AVEC 33 VARIATIONS DE LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN SUR UNE VALSE DE DIABELLI'
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The article is devoted to, most generally, literary creative activity of Michel Butor, and especially to the unusual 'Dialogue avec 33 variations de Ludwig van Beethoven sur une valse de Diabelli'. The work, existing in two versions, namely the book (published by Gallimard 1971) and the intermedial (Actes Sudes 2001), proves to be a rare example of 'music in literature'. Developing as a commentary to Beethoven's 33 variations 'sur une valse de Diabelli' opus 120 and delivered in public in the 'concert-conference' convention, the work becomes at the same time an autonomous literary record. The interpretation of the dialogue between Butor and Beethoven in a perspective of intertextual studies, makes it possible to speak of 'the aesthetic of otherness' of the French writer. In the light of the above, the focus is put not so much on Butor as 'classic' (the former of 'nouveau roman' and essayist), as on Butor as experimentalist at the moment of rejecting the nouveau roman tradition - the theoretician and practitioner of intertextuality.
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