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„Речта на краля” като музикален проблем
The King’s Speech as a Musical Problem

Author(s): Kristina Yapova
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt to submit a non-traditional idea – the idea of the logos-nature of music. Defending such an idea is non-traditional in the strict sense: the tradition of thought, in which the concept of logos is developed, realizes music as alien to it, while this concept is preserved for the speech at the degree of equality (logos=speech). Why then we chose a film, in the very title of which the word “speech” is declared, in order to expose our thesis? It is because this film is not about whatever speech but is about a speech of a King – a figure, which in the theological foundations of the monarchy is a this-worldly, an earthly, and a substitution figure of the Heaven King. The King’s speech is not his speech, it is not his pos- session, nor is it his construction. By force of its own sacred status it is of a larger scale than the hu-man speech is; this last is unable to hold it and to voice it. It stutters – just as Moses stuttered when he was to convey the words of God to the sons of Israel. Here the music comes into force – an intermediate power of God’s words with the help of which these words can be expressed by human words. And if speech has the essence of logos for it allows the truth to show itself – “lets it to be seen” (Heidegger, Sein und Zeit), – music is no less of logos-nature as far as it is the very process of this showing and self-revealing of the truth; it is the very giving the voice the words that have to be heard from those to whom they are addressed.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 51-52
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: Bulgarian