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Musical Meaning in a Broader Perspective

Stephen Davies

in Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

We discuss several notions of musical meaning that do not accord with linguistic or semiological frameworks. Whereas accounts trying to reduce formal meaning to linguistic or semiological meaning are ... More


Meaning

Aniruddh D. Patel

in Music, Language, and the Brain

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780195123753
eISBN:
9780199848034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123753.003.0006
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

Certain inconsistencies can be observed when looking into the relationship between musical and linguistic meaning. As Claude Lévi-Strauss suggests, music is the only language which is simultaneously ... More


Analysis

Roger Scruton

in The Aesthetics of Music

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198167273
eISBN:
9780191598371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019816727X.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Explores the various approaches to the analysis of music, and the kinds of questions they are designed to answer. Analysis is relevant only if it explores the intentional order of a piece of music ... More


Syntax

Aniruddh D. Patel

in Music, Language, and the Brain

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780195123753
eISBN:
9780199848034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123753.003.0005
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

Research by Leonard Bernstein published as The Unanswered Question in 1976 was embraced since it incorporated Noam Chomsky's ideas regarding generative linguistic theory with musical meaning and ... More


Listening to the Violin in South Indian Classical Music

Amanda Weidman

in Theorizing the Local: Music, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195331370
eISBN:
9780199868087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The violin is now an essential part of most Karnatak (south Indian classical) music concerts. This chapter combines a discussion of archival materials and historical recordings documenting the ... More


Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music

Kofi Agawu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195370249
eISBN:
9780199852161
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370249.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

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 ... More


Interactions of Metrical Dissonance with Titch Structure; Form, and Extramusical Elements

Harald Krebs

in Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195116236
eISBN:
9780199871308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116236.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter demonstrates that metrical dissonance frequently interacts with other musical aspects in Schumann's works. One such aspect is musical form. Changes in metrical state often coincide with ... More


Hercules' Hautboys: Mixed Media and Musical Meaning

Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The aim of this chapter is to ask what can be learned about musical meaning from the phenomenon of mixed media. It suggests that mixed media specifies both the general form and the historical basis ... More


Music, consciousness, and the brain:: music as shared experience of an embodied present

Andy McGuiness and Katie Overy

in Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199553792
eISBN:
9780191728617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553792.003.0072
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter considers the neural basis of musical experience alongside theories of the embodied nature of consciousness. Drawing on previous theoretical work on the role of the human mirror neuron ... More


Interpreting Music

Lawrence Kramer

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book is a comprehensive discussion on understanding musical meaning and performing music meaningfully—“interpreting music” in both senses of the term. Synthesizing and advancing two decades of ... More


Music as Language

Kofi Agawu

in Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195370249
eISBN:
9780199852161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370249.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter discusses the idea that music and language are closely affiliated. It looks at two works by Schubert and Mozart in order to address some of the questions of musical meaning. It pinpoints ... More


Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Stephen Davies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The essays in this book cover a spread of topics in the philosophy of music: how music expresses emotion and what is distinctive to the listener's response to this expressiveness; the modes of ... More


Body Movement

Jane W. Davidson and Jorge Salgado Correia

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195138108
eISBN:
9780199849291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138108.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

Body movement plays a role in the construction, execution, and perception of musical performances. This chapter explores the interface between technical matters of physical control and the expressive ... More


Beyond Structural Listening?: Postmodern Modes of Hearing

Andrew Dell'Antonio (ed.)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520237575
eISBN:
9780520937024
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237575.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In a highly influential essay, Rose Rosengard Subotnik critiques “structural listening” as an attempt to situate musical meaning solely within the unfolding of the musical structure itself. The ... More


Performance

Lawrence Kramer

in Interpreting Music

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267053
eISBN:
9780520947368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267053.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Performance has generated a great deal of interest lately, often coupled with a demotion of the musical work as both fact and value. The critiques come in two broad forms. The first concentrates on ... More


Telemann’s Polish Style and the “True Barbaric Beauty” of the Musical Other

Steven Zohn

in Music for a Mixed Taste: Style, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann’s Instrumental Works

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195169775
eISBN:
9780199865536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169775.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Previous studies of Telemann’s style polonais have concerned themselves above all with defining the idiom, mostly in terms of rhythm and meter, and cataloging its occurrences in his works. This ... More


Introduction

Kofi Agawu

in Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195370249
eISBN:
9780199852161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370249.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter discusses the main topic of this book, which is musical meaning. The question “Does music have meaning?” has been asked ever since music became a subject of discourse. While some think ... More


Titus Andronicus and the Production of Musical Meaning

Joseph M. Ortiz

in Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449314
eISBN:
9780801460920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449314.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter addresses the radical promiscuity of musical meaning in early modern England. While Renaissance theorists of poetry often sought to align music and language, Reformists tended to stress ... More


“Her speech is nothing”: Mad Speech and the Female Musician

Joseph M. Ortiz

in Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449314
eISBN:
9780801460920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449314.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on the convergence between attacks on music and early modern representations of women. Renaissance writers often associated music and women as producers of unintelligible sound, ... More


Introduction: Sounding Out: Musical Meaning and Modern Experience

Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book celebrates meaning as a basic force in music history and an indispensable factor in how, where, and when music is heard. The underlying point of this book is that the apparent dilemma of ... More


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