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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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Brahms, Intermezzo in E Minor, op. 119, no. 2 (1893), and Symphony no. 1/ii (1872–1876)

Brahms, Intermezzo in E Minor, op. 119, no. 2 (1893), and Symphony no. 1/ii (1872–1876)

(p.229) Chapter Seven Brahms, Intermezzo in E Minor, op. 119, no. 2 (1893), and Symphony no. 1/ii (1872–1876)
Music as Discourse

Kofi Agawu

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the possible frame of an analysis of music as discourse. This analysis is especially for works whose thematic surfaces are not overtly or topically differentiated, the boundaries of whose building blocks seem porous and fluid, and whose tendencies toward continuity override those toward discontinuity. The chapter looks at two of Brahms' compositions and aims to shed light on his procedures in general, as well as on the specific strategies employed in these two works.

Keywords:   music as discourse, thematic surfaces, building blocks, discontinuity, continuity, Brahms, procedures, strategies

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