The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral

TitleThe Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMonelle, Raymond
Number of Pages304
PublisherIndiana University Press

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.

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