Musical Meaning and Interpretation

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  1. A Theory of Virtual Agency for Western Art Music
    In his third volume on musical expressive meaning, Robert S. Hatten examines virtual agency in music from the perspectives of movement, gesture, embodiment, topics, tropes, emotion, narrativity, and performance. Distinguished... Learn More
    Published: 6th September 2018
    Hardback | £70.00
    Paperback | £24.99
  2. Allusion as Narrative Premise in Brahms’s Instrumental Music
    Who inspired Johannes Brahms in his art of writing music? In this book, Jacquelyn E. C. Sholes provides a fresh look at the ways in which Brahms employed musical references to works of earlier composers in his own instrumental... Learn More
    Published: 24th May 2018
    Hardback | £70.00
    Paperback | £31.00
  3. Sonata Fragments
    In Sonata Fragments, Andrew Davis argues that the Romantic sonata is firmly rooted, both formally and expressively, in its Classical forebears, using Classical conventions in order to convey a broad constellation of Romantic aesthetic... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2017
    Hardback | £66.00
    Paperback | £27.99
  4. Psychedelic Popular Music
    Recognized for its distinctive musical features and its connection to periods of social innovation and ferment, the genre of psychedelia has exerted long-term influence in many areas of cultural production, including music, visual... Learn More
    Published: 22nd May 2017
    Hardback | £70.00
    Paperback | £27.99
  5. The Rite of Spring at 100
    When Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) premiered during the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, its avant-garde music and jarring choreography scandalized audiences. Today... Learn More
    Published: 15th May 2017
    Hardback | £41.00
  6. Music and Embodied Cognition
    Taking a cognitive approach to musical meaning, Arnie Cox explores embodied experiences of hearing music as those that move us both consciously and unconsciously. In this pioneering study that draws on neuroscience and music theory,... Learn More
    Published: 6th September 2016
    Hardback | £41.00
    Paperback | £27.99
  7. Reconfiguring Myth and Narrative in Contemporary Opera
    Yayoi Uno Everett focuses on four operas that helped shape the careers of the composers Osvaldo Golijov, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, and Tan Dun, which represent a unique encounter of music and production through what Everett... Learn More
    Published: 30th November 2015
    Hardback | £15.99
  8. Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema
    By exploring the relationship between music and the moving image in film narrative, David Neumeyer shows that film music is not conceptually separate from sound or dialogue, but that all three are manipulated and continually interact... Learn More
    Published: 17th August 2015
    Hardback | £74.00
    Paperback | £13.99
  9. Music and the Crises of the Modern Subject
    Departing from the traditional German school of music theorists, Michael Klein injects a unique French critical theory perspective into the framework of music and meaning. Using primarily Lacanian notions of the symptom, that... Learn More
    Published: 6th July 2015
    Hardback | £15.99
  10. Breaking Time's Arrow
    Charles Ives (1874–1954) moved traditional compositional practice in new directions by incorporating modern and innovative techniques with nostalgic borrowings of 19th century American popular music and Protestant hymns. Matthew... Learn More
    Published: 16th June 2014
    Hardback | £37.00
  11. Death in Winterreise
    Lauri Suurpää brings together two rigorous methodologies, Greimassian semiotics and Schenkerian analysis, to provide a unique perspective on the expressive power of Franz Schubert's song cycle. Focusing on the final songs, Suurpää... Learn More
    Published: 6th January 2014
    Hardback | £18.99
  12. Music and Narrative since 1900
    This comprehensive volume offers a wide-ranging perspective on the stories that art music has told since the start of the 20th century. Contributors challenge the broadly held opinion that the loss of tonality in some music after... Learn More
    Published: 26th November 2012
    Hardback | £41.00
  13. Music and the Politics of Negation
    Over the past quarter century, music studies in the academy have their postmodern credentials by insisting that our scholarly engagements start and end by placing music firmly within its various historical and social contexts.... Learn More
    Published: 23rd August 2012
    Hardback | £27.99
  14. Expressive Intersections in Brahms
    Contributors to this exciting new volume examine the intersection of structure and meaning in Brahms's music, utilizing a wide range of approaches, from the theories of Schenker to the most recent analytical techniques. They combine... Learn More
    Published: 18th July 2012
    Hardback | £37.00
  15. Debussy Redux
    The works of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) had a major impact on the music of the 20th century, influencing a range of figures from Ravel and Stravinsky to Henri Dutilleux and Toru Takemitsu. Less well known is Debussy's influence... Learn More
    Published: 9th April 2012
    Hardback | £27.99
  16. Musical Forces
    Steve Larson drew on his 20 years of research in music theory, cognitive linguistics, experimental psychology, and artificial intelligence—as well as his skill as a jazz pianist—to show how the experience of physical motion... Learn More
    Published: 31st January 2012
    Hardback | £41.00
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