Representing Music-Making

Authored by: Alan Davison

The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415629256
eBook ISBN: 9780203629987
Adobe ISBN: 9781135956462


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That an image of musical performance can evoke within us a sense of the sonorous, even a sense of movement and the tactile, is a truism whose significance is both highlighted and obscured by the temptation to search for poetic metaphors. While rhetorical devices are significant in themselves as forms of expression, what is of particular interest for the purpose of this chapter is that they are deeply suggestive of the importance of images in our responses to, and engagement with, music. For the scholar, visual representations of music-making offer a vast repository for researching the role of music in society, the history of performance practices, and the interconnections between music and visual culture.

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