Journal Article

A Bakery in the Mind: Sound and Emotion in David Ives's <i>Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread</i>

Željka Flegar

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 39, issue 2, pages 122-141
Published in print June 2010 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online June 2010 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI:
A Bakery in the Mind: Sound and Emotion in David Ives's Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread

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David Ives's one-act play ‘Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread’ imitates the structure, rhythm and melody characteristic of the musical scores of Philip Glass. Fragments, broken phrases and sentences reveal more about the nature of human emotional states than could a more ‘rational’ and conventionally structured text. The dramatic action is the dialogue itself. Although Ives's verbal nonsense is wittily composed, much of the performance relies on sound and rhythm. To reveal the structure and force of this short play, the author views Ives's work in the light of the philosophy of the Theatre of the Absurd. In addition, the essay explores how by combining the techniques of slapstick, improvisation, and television sit-com, David Ives adds a new element to the Absurdist repertoire. His vignette is an homage to that avant-garde movement rather than just a parody.

Journal Article.  7004 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature ; Art ; Film ; Music

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