The musical topic : hunt, military and pastoral / Raymond Monelle.

The Musical Topic discusses three tropes prominently featured in Western European music: the hunt, the military, and the pastoral. Raymond Monelle provides an in-depth cultural and historical study of musical topics -- short melodic figures, harmonic or rhythmic formulae carrying literal or lexical...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Monelle, Raymond, 1937-2010
Format: eBook
Published: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2006.
Series:Musical meaning and interpretation.
Online Access:Click for online access
Table of Contents:
  • Topic theory. Topic and expression ; The literary source of topic theory ; Signifier and signified in music
  • Huntsmen. Signifier : the hunting horn ; Signified : hunts noble and ignoble ; Musical hunts ; The topic established
  • Soldiers. The military signifier : 1. The march ; The military signifier : 2. The military trumpet and its players ; The military signified ; The soldier represented
  • Shepherds. The pastoral signified : the myth ; The pastoral signifier ; The pastoral in music ; New pastorals ; Epilogue.