The Battle of Chronos and Orpheus: Essays in Applied Musical Semiology

Oxford University Press (2004)
In this collection of previously unpublished essays Jean-Jacques Nattiez applies his theoretical foundations of musical semiotics to theorists such as Levi-Strauss, Hanslick, and Brailoiu; novelists such as Proust; and poets such as Baudelaire. The author treats problems which musicologists and music lovers alike need to address: the artistic product in music of oral tradition, the nature of musical facts, and questions of fidelity and authenticity in performance practice. Nattiez tackles these perennial issues with an originality born out of his focus on the status of time in the works considered. This approach allows him to take sides, sometimes in a provocative manner, in the ongoing debates which pit adherents of modernity against apologists of postmodernism.
Keywords Music Semiotics  Music Philosophy and aesthetics  Music History and criticism  Musical analysis
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Call number ML3845.N1513 2004
ISBN(s) 0198166109   9780198166108
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