A Theory of Musical Narrative (Musical Meaning & Interpretation)

A Theory of Musical Narrative (Musical Meaning & Interpretation)

By: Byron Almen (author)Hardback

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Byron Almen proposes an original synthesis of approaches to musical narrative from literary criticism, semiotics, historiography, musicology, and music theory, resulting in a significant critical reorientation of the field. This volume includes an extensive survey of traditional approaches to musical narrative illustrated by a wide variety of musical examples that highlight the range and applicability of the theoretical apparatus. Almen provides a careful delineation of the essential elements and preconditions of musical narrative organization, an eclectic analytical model applicable to a wide range of musical styles and repertoires, a classification scheme of narrative types and subtypes reflecting conceptually distinct narrative strategies, a wide array of interpretive categories, and a sensitivity to the dependence of narrative interpretation on the cultural milieu of the work, its various audiences, and the analyst. A Theory of Musical Narrative provides both an excellent introduction to an increasingly important conceptual domain and a complex reassessment of its possibilities and characteristics.

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Byron Almen is Associate Professor of Music Theory at The University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor of Approaches to Meaning in Music (IUP, 2006).


Contents Preface Acknowledgments Part 1. A Theory of Musical Narrative 1. An Introduction to Narrative Analysis: Chopin's Prelude in G Major, Op. 28, No. 3 2. Perspectives and Critiques 3. A Theory of Musical Narrative: Conceptual Considerations 4. A Theory of Musical Narrative: Analytical Considerations 5. Narrative and Topic Part 2. Archetypal Narratives and Phases 6. Romance Narratives and Micznik's Degrees of Narrativity 7. Tragic Narratives: An Extended Analysis of Schubert, Piano Sonata in B Major, D. 960, First Movement 8. Ironic Narratives: Subtypes and Phases 9. Comic Narratives and Discursive Strategies 10. Summary and Conclusion Glossary Notes Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780253352385
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780253352385
  • weight: 604
  • ISBN10: 025335238X

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