Representation in Western Music by Joshua S. Walden

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Representation in Western Music offers a comprehensive study of the roles of representation in the composition, performance and reception of Western music. In recent years, there has been increasing academic interest in questions of musical interpretation and meaning and in music's interactions with other artistic media, and yet no book has dealt extensively with representation's important role in these processes. This volume presents new research about musical representation, with particular focus on Western art and popular music from the nineteenth century to the present day. It assembles essays by an international assortment of leading scholars on a range of subjects including instrumental music, opera, popular song, ballet, cinema and the music video. Individual sections address representation, interpretation and musical meaning; music's relationships with visual forms of representation; musical representation in dramatic forms; and the functions of music in the representation of identity.

About Joshua S. Walden

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Joshua S. Walden is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory. After earning his PhD at Columbia University, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford. Walden's articles appear or are forthcoming in the Journal of the American Musicological Society; Musical Quarterly; the Journal of Musicological Research; the Journal of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image; and elsewhere. Walden's primary area of research considers the intersecting influences of nationalism, modernism and technological innovation on representations of ethnic and national identities in twentieth-century art music. He has also published essays on film music, eighteenth-century music and intersections between music and the visual arts. He has taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Oxford, Columbia University and the University of California, Davis.
Published February 28, 2013 by Cambridge University Press. 329 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography.

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