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Metaphor and Musical Thought
Author: Michael Spitzer

ISBN: 9780226273136
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 17 January 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.5 x 2.54
Description:
"The scholarship of Michael Spitzer's new book is impressive and thorough. The writing is impeccable and the coverage extensive. The book treats the history of the use of metaphor in the field of classical music. It also covers a substantial part of the philosophical literature. The book treats the topic of metaphor in a new and extremely convincing manner."-Lydia Goehr, Columbia University

The experience of music is an abstract and elusive one, enough so that we're often forced to describe it using analogies to other forms and sensations: we say that music moves or rises like a physical form; that it contains the imagery of paintings or the grammar of language. In these and countless other ways, our discussions of music take the form of metaphor, attempting to describe music's abstractions by referencing more concrete and familiar experiences.

Michael Spitzer's Metaphor and Musical Thought uses this process to create a unique and insightful history of our relationship with music-the first ever book-length study of musical metaphor in any language. Treating issues of language, aesthetics, semioti...

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