ERIC Number: ED114329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
On Musical Denoting. Types of Musical Reference: [One of] Three Philosophical Essays. Technical Report No.6.
Howard, Vernon A.
This is the sixth in a series of technical research reports by the Harvard Project Zero which study artistic creation and comprehension as a means toward better art education. (See related documents SO 008 705 to 008 709.) This paper examines the ways in which music can refer in various ways to itself or to extramusical things. It outlines the symbol relations involved in such "program devices" as expression, description, naming, quotation, and representation in order to study whether music expresses like words, pictures, or metaphors of a nonliteral form. Though each type of reference differs from the others, they all involve denotation of or by music. This paper particularly emphasizes the analysis of music denoting in the context of programme music and opera. Primary attention is given to (1) syntactic and semantic features of musical names and description, (2) the status of semifictional compliants of naming motifs in opera, (3) analysis of the expressive and descriptive aspects of programme music, and (4) the mechanisms of musical allusion and quotation. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.