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Music as DiscourseSemiotic Adventures in Romantic Music$
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Kofi Agawu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370249.001.0001

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Liszt, Orpheus (1853–1854)

Liszt, Orpheus (1853–1854)

(p.211) Chapter Six Liszt, Orpheus (1853–1854)
Music as Discourse

Kofi Agawu

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a semiotic analysis of Lizst's Orpheus. It begins by identifying the work's building blocks one after another. The second part of the analysis includes comments on the discourse of form and meaning that this particular disposition of blocks makes possible. The analysis is able to determine that although Orpheus resists a reading as a continuously illustrative work, certain features encourage speculation about its illustrative potential.

Keywords:   semiotic analysis, Liszt, Orpheus, building blocks, discourse, form, meaning, illustrative potential

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