Music and Meaning: Lean Production and Its Discontents

Music and Meaning: Lean Production and Its Discontents

by Jenefer Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801483670

ISBN-13: 9780801483677

Pub. Date: 05/01/1997

Publisher: Cornell University Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801483677
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1Introduction: New Ways of Thinking about Musical Meaning1
2Language and the Interpretation of Music23
3Listening with Imagination: Is Music Representational?57
4Musical Idiosyncrasy and Perspectival Listening83
5Music as Drama105
6Action and Agency in Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Second Movement131
7Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony and the Musical Expression of Cognitively Complex Emotions154
8What Schubert's Last Sonata Might Hold179
9Two Types of Metaphoric Transference201
10Music and Negative Emotion215
11Why Listen to Sad Music If It Makes One Feel Sad?242
Index255

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