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A Theory of Musical Semiotics (Advances in Semiotics Abridged)

A Theory of Musical Semiotics (Advances in Semiotics Abridged)

By: Eero Tarasti (author)Hardback

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Since [Tarasti's] is unquestionably the most fully developed narrative theory in the literature, this book is an important landmark... " -Music & LettersEero Tarasti advances a semiotic theory of music based on information provided by the history of Western music and by various sign theories. A Theory of Musical Semiotics provides a model for the semiotic analysis of both musical structure and semantics. It introduces English-language readers to musical narratology, which has been largely the province of European researchers.

About Author

EERO TARASTI is Professor of Musicology at the University of Helsinki. One of the world's leading semioticians, he is author of Myth and Music, a biography of Heitor Villa-Lobos, and many articles published in journals of musicology and semiotics.


Foreword by Thomas A. SebeokPrefaceAcknowledgementsPart One: Theoretical BackgroundI. In Search of a Theory1.1 A Brief Critical History of Musical Semiotics1.2 Reflections on the Logic of Musical Discourse1.3 The Problem of Narrativity in Music1.4 Toward the Definition of Modalities: Signs in Opera1.5 On the Truth in Music1.6 The Theory Itself in an Abridged FormII. Musical Time2.1 Music in Micro-Time: The Role of Memory2.2 Music in Macro-Time: Music Models throught the AgesIII. Musical SpaceIV. Musical Actors4.1 Ernst Kurth as a Precursor of Musical Semiotics: Steps toward the Definition of Actoriality in Music4.2 From Musical Subjects to Theme-ActorsPart Two: AnalysesV. Semiosis of the Classical Style: Beethoven's "Waldstein"VI. Narrativity in Chopin6.1 Polonaise-Fantaisie and the Idea of Narrative Program6.2 Writing a Modal Grammar: Chopin's Ballade in G MinorVII. Music and Literature7.1 The Case of Obermann: Franz Liszt and Marie d'Agoult in Switzerland7.2 "Apres un reve": A Semiotic Approach to the Study of Musical PerformanceVIII. Music and Visual Arts: Pictures and Promenades-A Peircean Excursion into the Semiosis of MusorgskyIX. The Semiotics of Symphonism: A Deconstruction of National Meanings in Sibelius's Fourth SymphonyX. Toward the Modern Scene10.1 Debussy's Impressionism in the Prelude "...La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune"10.2 Minimalism and Anti-NarrativityConclusionAppendix: "Apres un reve"GlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780253356499
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9780253356499
  • weight: 735
  • ISBN10: 0253356490
  • edition: Abridged

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