The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military And Pastoral (Musical Meaning And Interpretation)

The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military And Pastoral (Musical Meaning And Interpretation)

The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral (Musical Meaning and Interpretation)

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.

Review

"In this persuasive, well-organized study, Monelle (Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland) makes a significant contribution to understanding hunt, military, and pastoral music.... This clearly reasoned, charmingly written volume has the potential to change the way one hears, performs, and teaches significant portions of the musical canon from Haydn and Mozart through Debussy and Mahler.... Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." ―Choice



"This book embarks on a cultural history of three tropes, or themes, that appear frequently in musical works. These topics convey meaning to the work by their perceived associations to literature, social history, or art. Listeners from Haydn and Beethoven's time may have immediately recognized the associations, but today we need critics and historians...

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