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A Theory of Musical Narrative (Musical Meaning and Interpretation)

A Theory of Musical Narrative (Musical Meaning and Interpretation)
Author: Byron Almén
ISBN 13: 9780253352385
ISBN 10: 25335238
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2008-11-26
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 264
List Price: $39.95

Byron Almén proposes an original synthesis of approaches to musical narrative from literary criticism, semiotics, historiography, musicology, and music theory, resulting in a significant critical reorientation of the field. This volume includes an extensive survey of traditional approaches to musical narrative, a careful delineation of the essential elements and preconditions of musical narrative organization, an eclectic analytical model applicable to a wide range of musical styles and repertoires, a diverse range of musical examples illustrating the range and applicability of the theoretical apparatus, a classification scheme of narrative types and subtypes reflecting conceptually distinct narrative strategies, a wide array of interpretive categories, and a sensitivity to the dependence of narrative interpretation on the cultural milieu of the work, its various audiences, and the analyst. A Theory of Musical Narrative provides both an excellent introduction to an increasingly important conceptual domain and a complex reassessment of its possibilities and characteristics.