Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, and Tropes
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Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, and Tropes : Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

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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 McCrelessThis 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, editorshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 156 x 235mm
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 69 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253030072
  • 9780253030078

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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." ""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.""show more

About Robert S. Hatten

Robert S. Hatten is Professor of Music Theory at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Musical Meaning in Beethoven: Markedness, Correlation, and Interpretation.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Markedness, Topics, and Tropes1. Semiotic Grounding in Markedness and Style: Interpreting a Style Type in the Opening of Beethoven's Ghost Trio, Op. 70, no. 12. Expressive Doubling, Topics, Tropes, and Shifts in Level of Discourse: Interpreting the Third Movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in B Major, Op. 1303. From Topic to Premise and Mode: The Pastoral in Schubert's Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 8944. The Troping of Topics, Genres, and Forms: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, MahlerPart II. Musical GestureIntroduction to Part II5. Foundational Principles of Human Gesture6. Toward a Theory of Musical Gesture7. Stylistic Types and Strategic Functions of Gestures8. Thematic Gesture in Schubert: The Piano Sonatas in A Major, D. 959, and A Minor, D. 7849. Thematic Gesture in Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Cello in C Major, Op. 102, no. 110. Gestural Troping and AgencyConclusion to Part IIPart III. Continuity and DiscontinuityIntroduction to Part III11. From Gestural Continuity to Continuity as Premise12. Discontinuity and BeyondConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex of Names and WorksIndex of Conceptsshow more

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