Mahler's Sixth Symphony: A Study in Musical Semiotics

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Februar 2004



The terms of structuralist and post-structuralist theory have been widely debated within the field of music analysis in recent years. However, very few analyses have attempted to address the repertoire of large orchestral works of the turn of the century - works which seem most obviously to escape the categories of conventional analysis. This study uses a semiotic theory of signification in order to investigate different types of musical communication. Musical meaning is defined on several levels from structures immanent to the work, through questions of tradition and genre, to consideration of the symphony as a narrative alongside other contemporary non-musical texts. Ideas from Eco, Barthes, and Derrida are deployed within the context of close analysis of the score in order to unite specifically analytical insights with cultural hermeneutics.


1. Music, theory and signification; 2. Motive as sign: an analysis of the Andante; 3. Coding of musical form: the finale; 4. Genre and presupposition in the Mahlerian Scherzo; 5. Musical narrative and the suicide of the symphony; 6. Coda; Bibliography.


"...Samuels offers a clear definition of musical narrative...Samuels shows the development of musical ideas in a new light and takes the study of the Sixth Symphony beyond the limitations...it reveals a new context for understanding the first movement and the structure created by the succeeding ones." James L. Zychowicz
EAN: 9780521602839
ISBN: 0521602831
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Music The'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 192 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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