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Mahler's Sixth Symphony : A Study in Musical Semiotics - Robert Samuels

Mahler's Sixth Symphony

A Study in Musical Semiotics

By: Robert Samuels, Ian Bent (Editor)


Published: 5th July 2004
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The terms of structuralist and post-structuralist theory have been widely debated within the field of music analysis in recent years. However, very few analyses have attempted to address the repertoire of large orchestral works of the turn of the century - works which seem most obviously to escape the categories of conventional analysis. This study uses a semiotic theory of signification in order to investigate different types of musical communication. Musical meaning is defined on several levels from structures immanent to the work, through questions of tradition and genre, to consideration of the symphony as a narrative alongside other contemporary non-musical texts. Ideas from Eco, Barthes, and Derrida are deployed within the context of close analysis of the score in order to unite specifically analytical insights with cultural hermeneutics.

"...Samuels offers a clear definition of musical narrative...Samuels shows the development of musical ideas in a new light and takes the study of the Sixth Symphony beyond the limitations...it reveals a new context for understanding the first movement and the structure created by the succeeding ones." James L. Zychowicz

Music, theory and signification
Motive as sign: an analysis of the Andante
Coding of musical form: the finale
Genre and presupposition in the Mahlerian Scherzo
Musical narrative and the suicide of the symphony
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ISBN: 9780521602839
ISBN-10: 0521602831
Series: Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 5th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.61 x 18.9  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.35