Auditory Imagination and Narrativization in Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

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Pieter Verstraete’s chapter examines how the interactions between the visual and acoustic elements in contemporary musical theatre create a critical distance that allows audiences to reflect on the effects of theatre itself as a medium. Verstraete extends the existing concept of “auditory imagination” to show how the use of minimalist settings and contrasting juxtapositions between textual and visual elements can draw the audience’s attention to their own interpretative acts of listening and reveal how theatrical events actually occur within the mind of the spectator-auditor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSonic Mediations
Subtitle of host publicationBody, Sound, Technology
EditorsCarolyn Birdsall, Anthony Enns
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781847188397, 9781443833394
Publication statusPublished - 8-Sept-2008
Externally publishedYes


  • narrative theory
  • cognition
  • opera studies
  • sound studies
  • auditory culture
  • Béla Bartók
  • contemporary art
  • music theatre
  • opera
  • imagination
  • visual culture
  • music philosophy
  • auditory perception

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