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Eleonora Beck Publishes Third Book

May 02, 2019

  • Eleonora Beck
    Copyright, Steve Hambuchen

Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, recently published her third book, Boccaccio and the Invention of Musical Narrative, with European Press Academic Publishing. In it, she describes how the Italian writer perfected a genre of literature wherein poetical texts presented as songs are inserted into a work of prose, illuminating and expanding the world depicted in the narrative. The genre, Beck argues, can be traced from the biblical Exodus and early opera all the way to the modern works of Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. Beck utilizes her multidisciplinary knowledge to discuss the many ways these musical insertions have enriched the work of writers, painters, and other artists.

Beck recently returned from Florence, Italy, where she gave a presentation on the book and the concept of musical narrative, hosted by the Medici Archive Project.

An accomplished musical scholar, Beck is author of Singing in the Garden: Music and Culture in the Tuscan Trecento and Giotto’s Harmony: Music and Art in Padua at the Crossroad of the Renaissance. She holds a PhD and master’s degree from Columbia University, was named Lewis & Clark Teacher of the Year in 1998, and received Pomona College’s Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities in 2000.