The Sense of Music: Semiotic Essays by Raymond Monelle
Dr. El-Khayali begins to write a new comprehensive theory of music. But the tendency of music to dismantle itself and the complexities of postmodernism is doomed to failure. This is…
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Dr. El-Khayali begins to write a new comprehensive theory of music. But the tendency of music to dismantle itself and the complexities of postmodernism is doomed to failure.
This is the example of The Sense of Music, a new treatment of music theory that reinterprets the modern history of Western music in the terminology of semiotics. Based on the assumption that music can not be described without reference to its meaning, Raymond Munnell proposes that the work of classical Western tradition be analyzed in terms of timeliness, subjectivity, and subject theory.
Crucial from the abstract analysis of musical scores, Monel argues that the result does not reveal the sense of music. This meaning can not be understood - what music says or indicates - except with reference to history, culture and other arts. Thus, music is meaningful in that it refers to cultural attitudes and themes, from the traditional masculine heroine to the pursuit of military power to the "post-modern" multiplicity of environments.
This theoretical innovation allows Monil to describe how the classical style of the eighteenth century - which he reads as a balance of lyrical and progressive time - has given way to romantic need for emotional realism. Argues that irony and ambiguity later erode the control of personal emotion in Western music as well as literature, resulting in the killing of a composer's character with the character of the author.
This makes Dr. Strabismus suffer from postmodernism, and Raymond Munnell with a new and exciting approach to controversial music to understand and history..
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