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Visible Deeds of MusicArt and Music from Wagner to Cage$
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Simon Shaw-Miller

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083743

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083743.001.0001

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Instruments of Desire

Instruments of Desire

Musical Morphology in Picasso's Cubism

(p.89) Three Instruments of Desire
Visible Deeds of Music

Simon Shaw-Miller

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the central defining planks of the modernist canon, particularly the cubism of painter Pablo Picasso. It discusses Clement Greenberg's consideration of cubism in terms of formal innovation, and his views that Edouard Manet was the first modernist and that cubism marks a fundamental shift in the development of modernism. The chapter suggests that music and musical instruments in Picasso's cubist works signify an idea rather than the visible particular and that, through musical objects, other extravisual elements and physical bodies are played on within the rules of a complex game.

Keywords:   cubism, Pablo Picasso, Clement Greenberg, Edouard Manet, music, musical instruments

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