In this Book

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People chat about music every day, but they also treat it as a limit, as the boundary of what is sayable. By addressing different perspectives and traditions that form and inform the speaking of music in Western culture--musical, literary, philosophical, semiotic, political--this volume offers a unique snapshot of today's scholarship on speech about music. The range of considerations and material is wide. Among others, they include the words used to interpret musical works (such as those of Beethoven), the words used to channel musical practices (whether Bach's, Rousseau's, or Hispanic political protesters'), and the words used to represent music (whether in a dialogue by Plato, a story by Balzac, or in an Italian popular song). The contributors consider the ways that music may slide by words, as in the performance of an Akpafu dirge or in Messiaen, and the ways that music may serve as an embodied figure, as in the writings of Diderot or in the sound and body art of Henri Chopin. The book concludes with an essay by Jean-Luc Nancy.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Speaking of Music: A View across Disciplines and a Lexicon of Topoi
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Speaking of Music
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. Waiting for the Death Knell: Speaking of Music (So to Speak)
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. Bach’s Silence, Mattheson’s Words: Professional and Humanist Ways of Speaking of Music
  2. pp. 49-69
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  1. Making Music Speak
  2. pp. 70-85
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  1. Rousseau: Music, Language, and Politics
  2. pp. 86-100
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  1. Listening to Music
  2. pp. 101-119
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  1. Mi manca la voce: How Balzac Talks Music—or How Music Takes Place—in Massimilla Doni
  2. pp. 120-137
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  1. Speaking of Music in the Romantic Era: Dynamic and Resistant Aspects of Musical Genre
  2. pp. 138-158
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  1. Weather Reports: Discourse and Musical Cognition
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Messiaen, Deleuze, and the Birds of Proclamation
  2. pp. 169-185
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  1. Parole, parole: Tautegory and the Musicology of the (Pop) Song
  2. pp. 186-192
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  1. Speaking of Microsound: The Bodies of Henri Chopin
  2. pp. 193-211
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  1. On the Ethics of the Unspeakable
  2. pp. 212-241
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  1. Récit Recitation Recitative
  2. pp. 242-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-318
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 319-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-332
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823251407
Related ISBN
9780823251384
MARC Record
OCLC
867739925
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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