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Lilt: a theory of melody

A melody has to catch the ear. A lilt is an up and down movement that has to be asymmetrical or surprising in some way. It can go up, and ...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I was on a panel at NYU yesterday directed by Jo Labanyi and featuring Antonio Monegal, Andrés Soria Olmedo, and Paul Julian Smith. Smith and I shared the disdain for dumb readings of the duende. We all went to a Spanish restaurant later, with Laura García-Lorca (Lorca's niece) and some of the other staff of the King Juan Carlos Center and I didn't get to my hotel until 12:30 a.m. It was fun because I don't get to talk about Lorca in front of high-powered Lorca scholars very often, if at all.

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