Approaches to Meaning in Music

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2006-11-01
Publisher(s): Indiana Univ Pr
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Approaches to Meaning in Musicpresents a survey of the problems and issues inherent in pursuing meaning and signification in music, and attempts to rectify the conundrums that have plagued philosophers, artists, and theorists since the time of Pythagoras. This collection brings together essays that reflect a variety of diverse perspectives on approaches to musical meaning. Established music theorists and musicologists cover topics including musical aspect and temporality, collage, borrowing and association, musical symbols and creative mythopoesis, the articulation of silence, the mutual interaction of cultural and music-artistic phenomena, and the analysis of gesture.Contributors are Byron Almén, J. Peter Burkholder, Nicholas Cook, Robert S. Hatten, Patrick McCreless, Jann Pasler, and Edward Pearsall.Dr. Almen is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of several articles on narrative theory, the music of Gustav Mahler, music and psychology, early 20th century Germanic culture, and music pedagogy. He is also an accomplished pianist and organist.Dr. Pearsall is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. He is known internationally as a performer, composer, and scholar and has published numerous articles on subjects ranging from prolongation in tonal and post-tonal music to theories of rhythm, interpretation and performance, and biological approaches to the study of music and the mind.

Author Biography

Byron Alm+¬n is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at The University of Texas at Austin and an accomplished pianist and organist.

Edward Pearsall is Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin and is known internationally as a performer, composer, and scholar.

Table of Contents

The Divining Rod: On Imagination, Interpretation, and Analysis
Edward Pearsall
Byron Almen
Anatomy of a Gesture: From Davidovsky to Chopin and Back
Patrick McCreless
Anti-Teleological Art: Articulating Meaning through Silence
Edward Pearsall
The Troping of Temporality in Music
Robert S. Hatten
A Simple Model for Associative Musical Meaning
J. Peter Burkholder
Uncanny Moments: Juxtaposition and the Collage Principle in Music
Nicholas Cook
The Sacrificed Hero: Creative Mythopoesis in Mahler's Wunderhorn Symphonies
Byron Almen
Contingencies of Meaning in Transcriptions and Excerpts: Popularizing Samson et Dalila
Jann Pasler
References 215(12)
Contributors 227(2)
Index 229

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