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Music and metaphor in nineteenth-century British musicology /
Bennett Zon.
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Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2000.
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vi, 233 p.
ISBN
0754600874 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2000.
isbn
0754600874 (alk. paper)
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4227739
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bennett Zon is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull.
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Summaries
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Music and Metaphor examines how over-arching theories of music history were affected by reference to various figurative linguistic templates adopted from other disciplines such as art, religion, politics and science.
Long Description
'In a word, I shall endeavour to show how our music, having been originally a shell-fish, with its restrictive skeleton on the outside and no soul within, has been developed by the inevitable laws of evolution, through natural selection and the survival of the fittest, into something human, even divine, with the strong, logical skeleton of its science inside, the fair flesh of God-given beauty outside, and the whole, like man himself, animated by a celestial, eternal spirit....'W.J. Henderson, The Story of Music (1889)Critical writing about music and music history in nineteenth-century Britain was permeated with metaphor and analogy.Music and Metaphor examines how over-arching theories of music history were affected by reference to various figurative linguistic templates adopted from other disciplines such as art, religion, politics and science. Each section of the book discusses a wide range of musicological writings and their correspondence with the language used to convey contemporary ideas such as the sublime, the ancient and modern debate, and, in particular, the theory of evolution. Bennett Zon reveals that through their application of metaphorical frameworks taken from art, religion and science, these writers and their work shed light on nineteenth-century perceptions of music history and illuminate the ways in which these disciplines affected notions of musical development.
Main Description
Critical writing about music and music history in nineteenth-century Britain was permeated with metaphor and analogy. Music and Metaphor examines how over-arching theories of music history were affected by reference to various figurative linguistic templates adopted from other disciplines such as art, religion, politics and science.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Introduction and background
Some preliminary points and definitionsp. 1
The balance of Continental and English sources
Artp. 6
Religionp. 9
Sciencep. 12
General histories of musicp. 18
Musicology through the arts
Music and painting
William Crotchp. 25
Music and architecture
Ruskin and one of his interpretersp. 32
Music as imitation
Jones, Goddard, Wylde, and Garbettp. 39
Music as language and poetry
Turnpin, Banister, Prescott, and Osbournep. 52
Music images
MacFarren and Wallacep. 64
Musicology through religion
Music is God
Pugin and Formbyp. 70
Music's divine origin
Jebb and Youngp. 82
Divinity in some general histories of music
Brown and Dickinsonp. 91
Music and mysticism
Edwards and Newtonp. 105
Musicology through science
Basic technical books and their definitions of science
Reeves, Brown, and Cookp. 116
The principal evolutionary theorists
Spencer and Darwinp. 120
Writers on music influenced by evolution
Edmund Gurneyp. 126
Joseph Goddardp. 135
C. Hubert H. Parryp. 151
William Wallacep. 164
Brief addendum: J. Alfred Johnstone and evolutionary anti-evolutionismp. 174
General histories of music
Musical imperialism in general and national historiesp. 179
Primitive music as a mirror of the present
Rowbotham and Wallascheckp. 193
Issues concerning the balance of narrative and metaphorp. 206
Select bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 227
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