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Signs of Music (Approaches to Applied Semiotics)

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"'Signs of music: a guide to musical semiotics' von Eero Tarasti ist ein Buch, das sein Versprechen erfullt. Es ist eine motivierende Lekture, sowohl fur diejenigen, die zum ersten Mal mit dieser neuen Disziplin in Beruhrung kommen, als auch fur die in diese Materie bereits eingeweihten. Das faszinierende hervortretende Feld Musiksemiotik ist ein vielfaltiger und komplexer Diskurs und Metadiskurs uber Musik und Zeichen in Bezug auf Asthetik, Geschichte, Komposition, Interpretation, Kommunikation, Praxis, usw. Eero Tarasti verbindet wissenschaftliche Genauigkeit mit Offenheit und bietet hier eine Grundlage fur weitere Entwicklungen."Paulo C. Chagas in: Forum Musikbibliothek, Kromsdorf/Weimar, 1/2003

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Eero Tarasti is Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
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  • Series: Approaches to Applied Semiotics (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton (June 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3110172267
  • ISBN-13: 978-3110172263
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,296,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In staying faithful to the title of his new collection of essays on musical semiotics, Eero Tarasti attempts to provide for the reader not a comprehensive and critical examination of the science of musical signs but rather, a useful guide to its history, vocabulary, and various applications. Taken, then, as a sort of introductory text, the book begins practically with a brief history of the discipline, spotlighting the field's major actors and ideas before elaborating upon them in subsequent chapters through the lens of such germane topics as gender, musical organicism, and the social. Through these topical approaches, Tarasti is able to draw from impressive body of interdisciplinary literature, including literary theory, literature, semiotics, cultural studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, to illuminate for the reader music's non-exemption from serving in the same communicative capacity as other cultural texts. Ultimately, however, while impressive in its scope, the book fails to achieve the goals set up by its very title.

In the foreword of the book, Tarasti states that his volume is intended to be a "practical guide" to the subject, one that might "encourage readers-be they students of music, musicology or semiotics-to learn more about musical semiotics" (v). If, by "practical guide, Tarasti means a useful tool which can be consulted repeatedly for the easy access to its ideas and terms, then Tarasti has not met his own goals. This mainly stems from the unfortunate lack of an index of terms, a device so crucial to studies within this discipline and its blitzkrieg of idiosyncratic vocabulary that such an exclusion is unthinkable.
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This is a great book! I'm really enjoying this book!

Tarasti states that his volume is intended to be a practical guide to the subject, one that might encourage readers (students, etc.) to learn more about musical semiotics". He is totally right!

Signs of music will provide you a needed survey to understand the music semiotics in the most effective way to tracking this "phenomenon".
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