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.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
These seven essays consider musical meaning, and problems attendant in any examination of musical meaning, from diverse perspectives. Almen and Pearsall (both Univ. of Texas, Austin) each contribute one piece, and together they supply an introduction. The five other essays are the work of distinguished theorists and musicologists who have already contributed markedly to the discourse concerning musical meaning. Given the participants' credentials, one would expect a provocative, challenging effort. The book does not disappoint, and several contributions seem destined to shift the scholarly discourse in new directions. . . . Highly recommended. Large collections supporting work at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. * Choice *