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The musical topic : hunt, military and pastoral

Author: Raymond Monelle
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2006.
Series: Musical meaning and interpretation.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
The Musical Topic discusses three tropes prominently featured in Western European music: the hunt, the military, and the pastoral. Raymond Monelle provides an in-depth cultural and historical study of musical topics -- short melodic figures, harmonic or rhythmic formulae carrying literal or lexical meaning -- through consideration of their origin, thematization, manifestation, and meaning. The Musical Topic shows  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Monelle, Raymond, 1937-
Musical topic.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2006002650
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Monelle
ISBN: 0253112362 9780253112361
OCLC Number: 290477276
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, music.
Contents: Topic theory. Topic and expression ; The literary source of topic theory ; Signifier and signified in music --
Huntsmen. Signifier : the hunting horn ; Signified : hunts noble and ignoble ; Musical hunts ; The topic established --
Soldiers. The military signifier : 1. The march ; The military signifier : 2. The military trumpet and its players ; The military signified ; The soldier represented --
Shepherds. The pastoral signified : the myth ; The pastoral signifier ; The pastoral in music ; New pastorals ; Epilogue.
Series Title: Musical meaning and interpretation.
Responsibility: Raymond Monelle.
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This book embarks on a cultural history of three tropes, or themes, that appear frequently in musical works. These topics convey meaning to the work by their perceived associations to literature, Read more...

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