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Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music

ISBN : 9780190206406

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Author: 
Kofi Agawu
Pages
352 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
157 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2014
Series
Oxford Studies in Music Theory
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The question of whether music has meaning has been the subject of sustained debate ever since music became a subject of academic inquiry. Is music a language? Does it communicate specific ideas and emotions? What does music mean, and how does this meaning occur? Kofi Agawu's Music as Discourse has become a standard and definitive work in musical semiotics. Working at the nexus of musicology, ethnomusicology, and music philosophy and aesthetics, Agawu presents a synthetic and innovative approach to musical meaning which argues deftly for the thinking of music as a discourse in itself-composed not only of sequences of gestures, phrases, or progressions, but rather also of the very philosophical and linguistic props that enable the analytical formulations made about music as an object of study. The book provides extensive demonstration of the pertinence of a semiological approach to understanding the fully-freighted language of romantic music, stresses the importance of a generative approach to tonal understanding, and provides further insight into the analogy between music and language. Music as Discourse is an essential read for all who are interested in the theory, analysis and semiotics of music of the romantic period.

Index: 

Introduction
PART I
Theory
1. Music as Language
2. Criteria for Analysis I
3. Criteria for Analysis II
4. Bridges to Free Composition
5. Paradigmatic Analysis
PART II
Analyses
6. Liszt, Orpheus (1853-1854)
7. Brahms, Intermezzo in E Minor, op. 119, no. 2 (1893), and Symphony no. 1/ii (1872-1879)
8. Mahler, Symphony no. 9/i (1908-1909)
9. Beethoven, String Quartet, op. 130/i (1825-1826), and Stravinsky, Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920)
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Kofi Agawu is Professor of Music at Princeton University and an adjunct professor at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is also author of Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions.

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