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'Asylum gained'? : madness and sanctuary in Thomas Adès's "Asyla".

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Journal publication date03/2006
JournalMusic Analysis
Journal number1-2
Volume25
Number of pages32
Pages89-120
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Critical commentary on Thomas Adès's orchestral piece Asyla (1997) has so far chosen to concentrate on the implications of the work's ambivalent title. The present article seeks to explore the nature of this reception history in greater depth, in particular the way that Asyla has been represented through the medium of television. Employing strategies outlined in Nicholas Cook's work on musical multimedia, this form of visual mediation is combined with the music of Asyla in order to fashion a coherent hermeneutic paradigm. Concerned to question the purpose of any univocal interpretation, however, a formalist reading of the work's finale then proceeds to invert the relationship between primary and secondary analytical perspectives, an approach which reveals the value of an expanded semantic field.