Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Byron Almén , A Theory of Musical Narrative ( Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press , 2008 ). xiv + 248 pp. $39.95. ISBN 978‐0‐253‐35238‐5 (hb).

Byron Almén , A Theory of Musical Narrative ( Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press , 2008... Byron Almén is one of several music theorists who have recently been examining anew the theoretical issues surrounding music and narrative. Prior to this resurgence, during the mid‐1970s to the early 1990s, numerous scholars produced important work in the field, including Carolyn Abbate, Edward T. Cone, Robert Hatten, Peter Kivy, Lawrence Kramer, Fred E. Maus, Susan McClary, Jean‐Jacques Nattiez and Eero Tarasti. While much of this earlier work is still hugely influential on music theory, little consensus has been reached on several central issues, and a great deal is yet to be resolved. Indeed, there is even disagreement on the fundamental question of whether music can express narrative at all or can only resemble narrative organisation or illustrate pre‐existing narratives. This division apparently originates from the fact that narrative as a concept has been imported into music from literature, and while music and literature share some qualities that are important for narrative (particularly linearity), many qualities crucial to literary narrative (such as, for example, the narrator, grammatical tenses and the distinction between events and discourse) have no clear analogy in music. Even where it is easier to draw analogies between musical narrative and literary narrative, there is often http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Byron Almén , A Theory of Musical Narrative ( Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press , 2008 ). xiv + 248 pp. $39.95. ISBN 978‐0‐253‐35238‐5 (hb).

Music Analysis , Volume 31 (3) – Oct 1, 2012

Loading next page...
 
/lp/wiley/byron-alm-n-a-theory-of-musical-narrative-bloomington-in-indiana-VGojjlm7Rx
Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Music Analysis © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN
0262-5245
eISSN
1468-2249
DOI
10.1111/musa.12006
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Byron Almén is one of several music theorists who have recently been examining anew the theoretical issues surrounding music and narrative. Prior to this resurgence, during the mid‐1970s to the early 1990s, numerous scholars produced important work in the field, including Carolyn Abbate, Edward T. Cone, Robert Hatten, Peter Kivy, Lawrence Kramer, Fred E. Maus, Susan McClary, Jean‐Jacques Nattiez and Eero Tarasti. While much of this earlier work is still hugely influential on music theory, little consensus has been reached on several central issues, and a great deal is yet to be resolved. Indeed, there is even disagreement on the fundamental question of whether music can express narrative at all or can only resemble narrative organisation or illustrate pre‐existing narratives. This division apparently originates from the fact that narrative as a concept has been imported into music from literature, and while music and literature share some qualities that are important for narrative (particularly linearity), many qualities crucial to literary narrative (such as, for example, the narrator, grammatical tenses and the distinction between events and discourse) have no clear analogy in music. Even where it is easier to draw analogies between musical narrative and literary narrative, there is often

Journal

Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2012

There are no references for this article.