By By (author) J.M. Tudor
This examine specializes in ideals approximately track present in eighteenth-century Germany. Of specific curiosity are the conceptual metaphors wherein significant writers (Goethe, Schiller, Herder and Klopstock) used tune as analogy and medium for perceptions of the realm of their writing. The booklet surveys conventional metaphors (music as harmony/disharmony, tune as like/unlike language, track as dependent through mathematical share or via rhythm) inherited from Greek and French notion and appears at ways that those writers additionally assimilated and constructed modern rules (especially from Leibniz, the French Rationalists, Rameau and Rousseau). German writers of this epoch had a remarkably wealthy and sundry variety of rules of tune at their disposal, a few of which can even be realised in multi-media genres. With assistance from smooth thought from numerous fields, the research goals to teach how they deployed those assets in methods either like and in contrast to the perform of Romantic writers with whom they overlapped on the finish of the century.
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G. ZK,2002, 109–12; ZK, 2006, 124, 228–32. g. , 285f. 291–3; ZK 2006, 85, 119, 334–6; and passim in all. g. , 292f f. and passim; ZK, 2006, 167–78.
Goethe’s metaphorical references to music, in whatever form, do not have to correspond to contemporary musicological ‘truths’, or even to contemporary metaphor. But we do need an idea of where he diverged from ‘normal’ perspectives and traditions of the time, and especially where he is expanding or restricting our view of music in relation to the ‘norms’ of his time, or we shall not be able to form an accurate idea of how his musical references are meant to function in their context. cit. 43. 95 See esp.
Moreover, for this procedure to work it will be necessary to look first-hand not only at isolated phrases, but at sections of text long enough to show what the context was. This is tiresome insofar as it makes for multiple and full examples, and restricts the use of space-saving paraphrase. But only by this means are we able to see what conceptual metaphor is at work, what entailments it carries, and how such an instance compares with others. And after all it means that we are hearing the ‘jokes’, complete with punch-line, from the horse’s mouth.