Dysphoric states: Stravinsky's topics - huntsmen, soldiers and shepherds

McKay, Nicholas (2012) Dysphoric states: Stravinsky's topics - huntsmen, soldiers and shepherds. In: Sheinberg, Esti (ed.) Music semiotics : a network of significations in honour and memory of Raymond Monelle. Ashgate, pp. 249-261. ISBN 9781409411024

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Abstract

An essay written in honour and memory of Raymond Monelle and his influential work on music semiotics, in particular the work of his final monograph, The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral. The chapter explores Stravinsky's use of the hunt, military and pastoral topics respectively in case studies of the Jeu du rapt of The Rite of Spring, the Soldier's and Royal Marches of L'Histoire du soldat and the Shepherd's aria of Oedipus Rex. Two of Monelle's fundamental assertions about the semiotic functioning of musical topics (that topics are prototypically deployed in euphoric states and that topics display a characteristic and important serperation of signifier and signifieds) are challenged by these cases studies which highlight instead Stravinsky's tendency to deploy topics in dysphotic states and without a seperation of signifiers from signifieds

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML3780 Music on particular topics
Depositing User: Nicholas McKay
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 07:25
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2012 07:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38717
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