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Description - Is Language a Music? by David Lidov

"Is Language a Music?" presents broadly ranging explorations of musical reference that address how and why language cannot be the only measure of meanings. Music, the author insists, is pervaded by significations, but often their erasure is as pertinent to artistry as their construction. This volume's 15 essays in musical semiotics are grouped into sections that treat issues in structural description, present alternative views of theoretical foundations, consider the elaboration of gestural references to form musical discourse, explore some stylistic issues in 20th-century music, and examine the resistance to reference which is esteemed in the tradition of absolute music.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253343833
ISBN-10: 0253343836
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Lidov

David Lidov is a composer whose theoretical investigations were an early and influential source of the musical semiotics movement of recent decades. He teaches at York University in Toronto.