The Musical Topic

The Musical Topic

Hunt, Military and Pastoral
Raymond Monelle
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/21/2006
ISBN: 978-0-253-11236-1
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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 meaning—through consideration of their origin, thematization, manifestation, and meaning. The Musical Topic shows the connections of musical meaning to literature, social history, and the fine arts.

Author Bio

Raymond Monelle was formerly Reader in Music at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. His work on music theory and semiotics is internationally known. His books include Linguistics and Semiotics in Music and The Sense of Music. He has been a composer, pianist, and conductor, and writes music criticism for The Independent, Opera magazine, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Note on Titles of Musical Works
Part One: Topic Theory
1. Topic and Expression
2. The Literary Source of Topic Theory
3. Signifier and Signified in Music
Part Two: Huntsmen
4. Signifier: The Hunting Horn
5. Signified: Hunts Noble and Ignoble
6. Musical Hunts
7. The Topic Established
Part Three: Soldiers
8. The Military Signifier: 1. The March
9. The Military Signifier: 2. The Military Trumpet and Its Players
10. The Military Signified
11. The Soldier Represented
Part Four: Shepherds
12. The Pastoral Signified: The Myth
13. The Pastoral Signifier
14. The Pastoral in Music
15. New Pastorals
16. Epilogue
Appendix 1
Appendix 2