Reflections on Musical Meaning and Its Representations

by Leo Treitler

Published by: Indiana University Press

334 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 23 b&w illus., 63 music exx.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253223166
  • Published: September 2011


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How is it possible to talk or write about music? What is the link between graphic signs and music? What makes music meaningful? In this book, distinguished scholar Leo Treitler explores the relationships among language, musical notation, performance, compositional practice, and patterns of culture in the presentation and representation of music. Treitler engages a wide variety of historical sources to discuss works from medieval plainchant to Berg's opera Lulu and a range of music in between.