Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations

by Leo Treitler

Part of the Musical Meaning and Interpretation Series

Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations Synopsis

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.

Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations Press Reviews

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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253223166
Publication date: 25th May 2011
Author: Leo Treitler
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 334 pages
Categories: Theory of music & musicology,

About Leo Treitler

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

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