Magnar Breivik is a professor of musicology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. His particular field of interest is 20th-century music and aesthetics, with an emphasis on the interrelationship between music and the other arts. In addition to various studies on Arnold Schoenberg and Paul Hindemith, he has published articles on such composers as Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg, Ernst Krenek, and Kurt Weill.
English abstractMusic was among the Norwegian author Alexander L. Kiellands main interests. Kiellands earliest literary text was dedicated to the first Wagner Festspiel in Bayreuth (1876), and there would be references and descriptions of music and musical performance in several of his later works. In these works Kielland, the realist, expresses views typical of musical -Romanticism. In the novelette Siesta (1880), music and musical performance take on a significance that weaves the literary narrative together with a musical progression described in the text. Kiellands novelette may thus be seen as an example of musicalization of fiction, hence as a text with intermedial implications. This article starts with a presentation of Alexander Kiellands views on music, followed by a discussion of musics topical and structural significance in the development of his novelette Siesta.
Keywords:Kielland, Alexander L,musicalization of fiction,intermediality,novellette