The Musical Topic
Hunt, Military and Pastoral
By (author) Raymond Monelle
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Musical Topic by Raymond Monelle
Book DescriptionThe Musical Topic discusses three tropes prominently featured in Western European music: the hunt, the military, and the pastoral. Raymond Monelle provides an in-depth cultural and historical study of musical topics-short melodic figures, harmonic or rhythmic formulae carrying literal or lexical meaning-through consideration of their origin, thematization, manifestation, and meaning. The Musical Topic shows the connections of musical meaning to literature, social history, and the fine arts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253347664
(5983mm x 3971mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Raymond Monelle
Sense of Music, Paperback (October 2000)
A novel treatment of music theory that reinterprets the modern history of Western music in the terms of semiotics. Based on the assumption that music cannot be described without reference to its meaning, it proposes that works of the Western classical tradition be analyzed in terms of temporality, subjectivity, and topic theory.
Linguistics and Semiotics in Music, Paperback (January 1992)» View all books by Raymond Monelle
This handbook explains the various applications to music of analytical methods derived from linguistics and semiotics. Semiotics are related to the tradition of music aesthetics and to works such as Deryck Cooke's "The Language of Music", and the methods of linguistics are explained.
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Author Biography - Raymond Monelle
Raymond Monelle was formerly Reader in Music at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. His work on music theory and semiotics is internationally known. His books include Linguistics and Semiotics in Music and The Sense of Music. He has been a composer, pianist, and conductor, and writes music criticism for The Independent, Opera magazine, and other publications.
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