Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, And Tropes

Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, And Tropes

by Robert S. Hatten
     
 

ISBN-10: 025334459X

ISBN-13: 9780253344595

Pub. Date: 12/01/2004

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"Robert Hatten’s new book is a worthy successor to his Musical Meaning in Beethoven, which established him as a front-rank scholar... in questions of musical meaning.... [B]oth how he approaches musical works and what he says about them are timely and to the point. Musical scholars in both musicology and theory will find much of value here, and will find

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"Robert Hatten’s new book is a worthy successor to his Musical Meaning in Beethoven, which established him as a front-rank scholar... in questions of musical meaning.... [B]oth how he approaches musical works and what he says about them are timely and to the point. Musical scholars in both musicology and theory will find much of value here, and will find their notions of musical meaning challenged and expanded." —Patrick McCreless

This book continues to develop the semiotic theory of musical meaning presented in Robert S. Hatten’s first book, Musical Meaning in Beethoven (IUP, 1994). In addition to expanding theories of markedness, topics, and tropes, Hatten offers a fresh contribution to the understanding of musical gestures, as grounded in biological, psychological, cultural, and music-stylistic competencies. By focusing on gestures, topics, tropes, and their interaction in the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, Hatten demonstrates the power and elegance of synthetic structures and emergent meanings within a changing Viennese Classical style.

Musical Meaning and Interpretation—Robert S. Hatten, editor

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253344595
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Series:
Musical Meaning and Interpretation Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Markedness, Topics, and Tropes
1. Semiotic Grounding in Markedness and Style: Interpreting a Style Type in the Opening of Beethoven's Ghost Trio, Op. 70, no. 1
2. Expressive Doubling, Topics, Tropes, and Shifts in Level of Discourse: Interpreting the Third Movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in B<FLAT> Major, Op. 130
3. From Topic to Premise and Mode: The Pastoral in Schubert's Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
4. The Troping of Topics, Genres, and Forms: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler
Part II. Musical Gesture
Introduction to Part II
5. Foundational Principles of Human Gesture
6. Toward a Theory of Musical Gesture
7. Stylistic Types and Strategic Functions of Gestures
8. Thematic Gesture in Schubert: The Piano Sonatas in A Major, D. 959, and A Minor, D. 784
9. Thematic Gesture in Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Cello in C Major, Op. 102, no. 1
10. Gestural Troping and Agency
Conclusion to Part II
Part III. Continuity and Discontinuity
Introduction to Part III
11. From Gestural Continuity to Continuity as Premise
12. Discontinuity and Beyond
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Names and Works
Index of Concepts

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