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
CityBloomington, IN

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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