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Approaches to Meaning in Music presents a survey of the problems and issues inherent in pursuing meaning and signification in music, and attempts to rectify the conundrums that have plagued philosophers, artists, and theorists since the time of Pythagoras. This collection brings together essays that reflect a variety of diverse perspectives on approaches to musical meaning. Established music theorists and musicologists cover topics including musical aspect and temporality, collage, borrowing and association, musical symbols and creative mythopoesis, the articulation of silence, the mutual interaction of cultural and music-artistic phenomena, and the analysis of gesture. Contributors are Byron Almen, J. Peter Burkholder, Nicholas Cook, Robert S. Hatten, Patrick McCreless, Jann Pasler, and Edward Pearsall.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253347923
ISBN-10: 0253347920
Format: Hardback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 22mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Byron Almen

Byron Almen is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at The University of Texas at Austin and an accomplished pianist and organist. Edward Pearsall is Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin and is known internationally as a performer, composer, and scholar.

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