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Thoughts on Making Music From the Hundred-Letter Words in Finnegans Wake

ThegreatnumberofmusicalallusionsinFinnegansWakehavebeenwell documentedbysucheminentscholarsasMatthewJ.C.HodgartandMabelP. Worthington/ZackBowen/andRuthBauerle?Theirworkwasaugmentedby JohnCage'sstatisticalanalysisinhisbackgroundfortheRoaratorio.4Such researchsupportsthefactthatinFinnegansWakeJoyceusedmoremusical allusionofallkinds-songs,instruments,andmusicalformsthaninanyofhis previousworks.FinnegansWakerepresentsamarriageofwordsandmusicwith allusions,rhythms,andothermusicaldevicesemployedbytheauthortoextend thedimensionofthetext.Wordsreadandspokengoasfarastheycan;words sungextendlanguagefurther.Thestrengthofthewordsisheightenedbybeing madeaudible.