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Musical Meaning in Beethoven Markedness, Correlation, and Interpretation by Robert S. Hatten

Musical Meaning in Beethoven Markedness, Correlation, and Interpretation

Part of the Advances in Semiotics Series


Musical Meaning in Beethoven Markedness, Correlation, and Interpretation by Robert S. Hatten

Hatten's interpretations are at times surprisingly poetic in their expression.... In his book he effectively creates an interaction between aspects of music theory, analysis, aesthetics and semiotics. His work yields some novel insights that deserve careful consideration from anyone in these fields. -The Semiotic Review of Books Musical Meaning in Beethoven offers a fresh approach to the problem of expressive meaning in music. Beginning with a provocative analysis of the slow movement of the Hammerklavier piano sonata, Robert S. Hatten examines the roles of markedness, Classical topics, expressive genres, and musical tropes in fostering expressive interpretation at all levels of structure. Close readings of movements from Beethoven's late piano sonatas and string quartets highlight less obvious expressive meanings and explain how more familiar stylistic meanings are consistently cued from one work to the next. Co-recipient of the 1997 Wallace Berry Publication Award from the Society for Music Theory. Musical Meaning and Interpretation-Robert S. Hatten, editor


This remarkable book should be seized upon by everyone looking to brush up their Ludwig. . . . Written so well, and with so little resort to classical music jargon, that it can be read in short amusing stretchesor long, engrossing sections. Read a few pages and you, too, can be humming him now. * *

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Publication date

20th October 2004


Robert S. Hatten

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Indiana University Press


368 pages


Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Theory of music & musicology



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