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Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations by Leo Treitler

Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations

Part of the Musical Meaning and Interpretation Series


Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations by Leo Treitler

How is it possible to talk or write about music? What is the link between graphic signs and music? What makes music meaningful? In this book, distinguished scholar Leo Treitler explores the relationships among language, musical notation, performance, compositional practice, and patterns of culture in the presentation and representation of music. Treitler engages a wide variety of historical sources to discuss works from medieval plainchant to Berg's opera Lulu and a range of music in between.


Nov 2012 * Music & Letters * A dozen essays await in this most recent gathering of Leo Treitler's writings, each teeming with ideas and together inviting us to follow one of musicology's most engaged thinkers in a sustained examination of what he calls the `awesome task of representing music'. * Nineteenth-Century Music Review * This is a compendium of writings by one of the most original thinkers in musicology . . . Treitler stands every issue on its head and shakes well to expose a viewpoint about musical meaning . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *

About the Author

Leo Treitler is Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus, CUNY Graduate Center, and Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th May 2011


Leo Treitler

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Indiana University Press


334 pages


Theory of music & musicology



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