A Theory of Musical Narrative

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Pub. Date: 2008-11-05
Publisher(s): Indiana Univ Pr
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Summary

Byron Almén proposes an original synthesis of approaches to musical narrative from literary criticism, semiotics, historiography, musicology, and music theory, resulting in a significant critical reorientation of the field. This volume includes an extensive survey of traditional approaches to musical narrative, a careful delineation of the essential elements and preconditions of musical narrative organization, an eclectic analytical model applicable to a wide range of musical styles and repertoires, a diverse range of musical examples illustrating the range and applicability of the theoretical apparatus, a classification scheme of narrative types and subtypes reflecting conceptually distinct narrative strategies, a wide array of interpretive categories, and a sensitivity to the dependence of narrative interpretation on the cultural milieu of the work, its various audiences, and the analyst.A Theory of Musical Narrativeprovides both an excellent introduction to an increasingly important conceptual domain and a complex reassessment of its possibilities and characteristics.

Author Biography

Byron Alm+¬n is Associate Professor of Music Theory at The University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor of Approaches to Meaning in Music (IUP, 2006).

Table of Contents

A Theory of Musical Narrativep. 1
An Introduction to Narrative Analysis: Chopin's Prelude in G Major, Op. 28, No. 3p. 3
Perspectives and Critiquesp. 11
A Theory of Musical Narrative: Conceptual Considerationsp. 38
A Theory of Musical Narrative: Analytical Considerationsp. 55
Narrative and Topicp. 68
Archetypal Narratives and Phasesp. 93
Romance Narratives and Micznik's Degrees of Narrativityp. 97
Tragic Narratives: An Extended Analysis of Schubert, Piano Sonata in B [flat] Major, D. 960, First Movementp. 139
Ironic Narratives: Subtypes and Phasesp. 162
Comic Narratives and Discursive Strategiesp. 187
Summary and Conclusionp. 222
Glossaryp. 229
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 245
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