Expression is Unvoicing.
Music associated with words has the capacity to keep on “speaking” them even when the words are absent. The capacity is well known; this chapter develops its implications, which have remained little known. The phenomenon of “speaking melody” links expression since the Enlightenment not only with loss, elegy, and nostalgia but also, more generally, with the capacity of both the speaker and the world to be changed by expressive acts.
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