Musical Analyses and Musical Exegesis
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15th May 2021

459 Pages

15.24 x 22.86 cm

14 b/w. 153 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Musical Analyses and Musical Exegesis

The Shepherd's Melody in Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

by Jean-Jacques Nattiez

Edited and translated by Joan Campbell Huguet

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Here translated for the first time, Jean-Jacques Nattiez's widely hailed comparative guide to the techniques of music analysis focuses on a single vivid passage from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.
The field of musicology has in recent decades branched out to incorporate methods from a wide range of other fields. But, when scholars examine a musical work, to what extent should they emphasize immanent (purely internal) features, and to what extent historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic networks of meanings associated with those features? Finally, what specific analytical method should be chosen, given that various methods can lead to seemingly incompatible results?

Jean-Jacques Nattiez, a renowned figure in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology, here examines numerous contending approaches that have been applied to the English-horn melody heard in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. His aim is to offer thereby a methodological guide and compendium that will allow specialists and students alike to navigate the multiplicity of theoretical orientations in musicology.

Analytical models proposed by Heinrich Schenker, Nicolas Ruwet, Leonard B. Meyer, Fred Lerdahl, and other notable figures in the field of music analysis are discussed. Some of the analytical sketches by these scholars were previously unpublished and are presented to the public for the first time in the present book. The author also considers insights from the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis. An examination of Wagner's wide-ranging musical sources (Venetian gondolier songs and Swiss shepherd songs) leads to acutely relevant passages in writings by Rousseau, Goethe, and Schopenhauer. The book culminates in Nattiez's own interpretation of the relationship between vocal and instrumental music in Tristan and Isolde. Jean-Jacques Nattiez is professor emeritus of musicology at the Université de Montréal.
Foreword by Pierre Boulez
Preface
Introduction: The English Horn Solo, My Approach, and Models of Analysis and Musical Meaning
PART I: IMMANENT ANALYSIS OF THE ENGLISH HORN SOLO'S MUSICAL STRUCTURES
Linear Analyses
Formenlehre Analyses
Paradigmatic Analyses
PART II: ESTHETIC ANALYSIS
Performances as Initial Esthesic Analyses
Esthesic Analysis of the Solo's Immanent Structures
Esthesic Analysis of the Solo's Semantic Associations
PART III: POIETIC ANALYSIS
Musical Sources for the Solo
The Solo's Composition: Sketches and the Creative Process
PART IV: HERMENEUTICS
The Shepherd's Melody at Risk of Psychoanalysis
The Shepherd's Melody and the English Horn in Tristan
"This Shepherd's Metaphysical Melody"
Conclusion: The Validity of Structural Analyses and Interpretations
Bibliography
Index

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Title Details

15th May 2021

459 Pages

1.52 x 2.29 cm

14 b/w. 153 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press