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The Routledge Handbook of Music Signification

Edited by: Esti Sheinberg , William P. Dougherty

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815376453
eBook ISBN: 9781351237536
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The Routledge Handbook of Music Signification captures the richness and complexity of the field, presenting 30 essays by recognized international experts that reflect current interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to the subject.

Examinations of music signification have been an essential component in thinking about music for millennia, but it is only in the last few decades that music signification has been established as an independent area of study. During this time, the field has grown exponentially, incorporating a vast array of methodologies that seek to ground how music means and to explore what it may mean. Research in music signification typically embraces concepts and practices imported from semiotics, literary criticism, linguistics, the visual arts, philosophy, sociology, history, and psychology, among others. By bringing together such approaches in transparent groupings that reflect the various contexts in which music is created and experienced, and by encouraging critical dialogues, this volume provides an authoritative survey of the discipline and a significant advance in inquiries into music signification.

This book addresses a wide array of readers, from scholars who specialize in this and related areas, to the general reader who is curious to learn more about the ways in which music makes sense.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  “Musik ist das nicht” Download PDF
Chapter  2:  From semio-ethics to a semiotics of speech in music and musicology Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Music and reality Download PDF
Chapter  4:  From Ursatz to Urzemic  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The musical signifier Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Barthes’s “The Grain of the Voice” revisited Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Britten and Stravinsky’s neoclassical operas Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Fundamental concepts for the semiotic interpretation of musical meaning Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Patterns and topics as elements of signification in late eighteenth-century music Download PDF
Chapter  10:  “Mad day” and the “march of Bacchus” Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Topics and stylistic register in Russian opera, 1775–1800 Download PDF
Chapter  12:  She spins and she sighs Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Charles Griffes’s Xanadu Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Music narrative Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Motivic linkage and actantial pairing in Britten’s operas Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The narrative rhetoric of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Download PDF
Chapter  17:  From music signification to musical narrativity Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Musical vernaculars and their signifying transformations Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Multimodal reinforcement and worlds of sense Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Reading meaning in and out of music from Theresienstadt Download PDF
Chapter  21:  FKA twigs and popular music signification Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Lost innocence Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Four flavors of pre-modern emotion Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Music as experience Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Melody as representation Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Musical semiosis as a process of learning and growth Download PDF
Chapter  27:  A pragmatic map of music signification for music analysis courses Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The operatic principle Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Pianto as a topical signifier of grief in contemporary operas by John Adams, Thomas Adès, and Kaija Saariaho Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Musical ekphrasis Download PDF
IndexIndex of Names Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
IndexIndex of Terms Download PDF
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