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The musical image : a theory of content

Author: Laurence D Berman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
Series: Contributions to the study of music and dance, no. 30.
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"A musical phrase, or, for that matter, a musical unit of any size or shape, becomes an image whenever we imagine it to be invested with a content whose origins lie outside music. Such a content, according to the theory developed here, constitutes the image's conventional significance; it accounts for whatever strikes us about the image as having a common and familiar ring. That being so, the origins in question  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Berman, Laurence D.
Musical image.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993
(OCoLC)652069440
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence D Berman
ISBN: 0313284342 9780313284342
OCLC Number: 26547051
Description: 391 p. : music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part 1 : Introduction and theory --
Archetypal criticism, or an alternate poetics of music --
The archetypal model --
Part 2 : Music in ritual and education : ethos --
Dialectic between ethos and pathos in ancient Greek thought --
Ethos of the Christian liturgy --
Ethos of courtly love --
Part 3 : Classical humanism : pathos --
Reawakening of pathos --
Emotional music, or the rhetorical variety of pathos --
The pastoral mode --
The epic/heroic mode --
The satiric mode --
The many faces of classicism --
Part 4 : Transcendental humanism and beyond : logos --
Romanticism and melodrama --
Innigkeit, the romantic alternative --
Age of irony : modernist music --
Formalist alternatives of the archetypes --
Epilogue : Analysis and culture.
Series Title: Contributions to the study of music and dance, no. 30.
Responsibility: Laurence Berman.
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Operating from the conviction that to discover what is individual in a musical work it is first necessary to know what it shares with other works, this book offers an archetypal approach to musical  Read more...

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