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Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music

Kofi Agawu


The question of whether music has meaning has been the subject of sustained debate ever since music became a subject of academic inquiry. Is music a language? Does it communicate specific ideas and emotions? What does music mean, and how does this meaning manifest itself? Working at the nexus of musicology, ethnomusicology, and music philosophy and aesthetics, the book presents a synthetic and innovative approach to musical meaning which argues deftly for the thinking of music as a discourse in itself—composed not only of sequences of gestures, phrases, or progressions, but rather also of the ... More

Keywords: musicology, ethnomusicology, music philosophy, aesthetics, musical meaning, semiological, Romantic, tonal understanding, music and language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kofi Agawu, author