Music & Meaning

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Jenefer Robinson
Cornell University Press, 1997 - 261 Seiten

In order to promote new ways of thinking about musical meaning, this volume brings together scholars in music theory, musicology, and the philosophy of music, disciplines generally treated as separate and distinct. This interdisciplinary collaboration, while respecting differences in perspective, identifies and elaborates shared concerns.

This volume focuses on the many and various kinds of meaning in music. Do musical meanings exist exclusively in internal, formal musical relations or might they also be found in the relationship between music and other areas of experience, such as action, emotion, ideas, and values? Also discussed is the vexed question why people listen to and apparently enjoy music which expresses unpleasant emotions, such as melancholy or despair. Among the particular pieces the writers discuss are Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony, and Schubert's last sonata. More broadly, they consider the relation of musical meaning and interpretation to language, storytelling, drama, imagination, metaphor, and emotion.

 

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New Ways of Thinking about Musical Meaning
1
Language and the Interpretation of Music
23
Is Music Representational?
57
Musical Idiosyncrasy and Perspectival Listening
83
II
92
Music as Drama
105
Action and Agency in Mahlers Ninth Symphony
131
Two Types of Metaphoric Transference
201
III
208
Music and Negative Emotion
215
Why Listen to Sad Music If It Makes One Feel Sad?
242
Index
255
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Über den Autor (1997)

Jenefer Robinson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.

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