Music as Message

An Introduction to Musical Semantics
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Constantin Floros
536 g
213x151x27 mm

The book is designed as an introduction to the basic questions of musical semantics and represents the quintessence of fifty years of the author's researches into music from Beethoven to Nono.
Contents: The Concept of the Message in Music - Public and private Messages in Music - Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung - Wagner's Idea of a Religion of Art - The Symphony of a Thousand - Basics of Program Music - 19th-Century Composer types - Music and Poetry - Berlioz' Concept of the «Instrumental Drama» - Liszt's Concept of the «Musical Epic» - Richard Strauss - Secret Program Music - On Gustav Mahler's Wirkungsgeschichte - Music Must Become Language: On Hans Werner Henze - The Presence of All Eras: Messages through the Ages.
Music is often defined as art for the ear, as the language of feeling, of the heart, as sound play, or as the science of composition. But music also conveys intellectual and emotional experiences, literary, religious, philosophical, social and political ideas. Countless composers encrypt contents in their music that can be deciphered by a variety of methods. This book is designed as an introduction to the basic questions of musical semantics and discusses Beethoven's committed art, the core ideas of the «Ring of the Nibelung» and of the «Symphony of a Thousand», Wagner's idea of a religion of art, the relation of music and poetry, the musico-literary conceptions of composers, the large field of program music and the history of the impact of Gustav Mahler.

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