The aim of this thesis is to add some contemporary perspectives to the analysis and appreciation of audioliterature, which will especially be discussed in the context of musico-literary studies, a thriving discipline of literary research which has lately been introduced into the field of intermediality and which has been introduced by Wolf as ?musicalized literature? and which examines the musical quality within literary artefacts. Regarding this, some aspects, which are relevant to a basic theoretical and typological framework of word and music studies, will be highlighted in order to provide an overall understanding of the thesis. The second part of the thesis provides a contribution to Samuel Beckett?s radio plays and discusses these plays within the context of the musicalization of literature. Special emphasis will be put on Beckett?s precise use of music and the particular musicality which can be found in the author?s unique radio plays. It will be shown that Beckett used the aural medium radio and music in order to show his distrust of language?s expressive ability. With the help of his major themes, such as, loneliness, distress, desolation and identity the author highlights this fragility of communication and language. He demonstrates the breakdown of language and its lost function as a means of communication and thus directs the listener?s attention to the rhythm of language and especially to music which is inherent in language as well as in silence. It will be shown that this exclusive use of music as well as silence is used by Beckett in order to alienate and de-construct language as well as any stable meaning, to empty language of its referential meaning and to enhance desolation and distress and thus emphasize and justify his general view about language.