Issue 6 (2015)

Edited by Per Aage Brandt & José Roberto do Carmo Jr.

musqiueMusic and Meaning

Music is strongly present in the cultural life of all societies, and has probably been so since the origin of human ‘symbolic’ cultures. According to some researchers, music may in fact have preceded language in the human semiotic evolution. In that case, it might – as a shared bodily, vocal, and instrumental technique performed as rhythmic dancing and singing – have prepared the ground for language in the linguistic sense. After the works of the semiologists of music and the generativist musicologists, many more recent studies by cognitive semanticists, neuroscientists of music, researchers of possible evolutionary origins of music, and the important interdisciplinary body of work published in the volume Communicative Musicality have contributed to the unfolding of a broad perspective and provided a deepened knowledge of the musical phenomenon and its role and meanings in the human world. Some semioticians have furthermore approached music in the theoretical context of a narrative hermeneutics, whereas others attempt to integrate the theoretical and empirical dimensions of this growing mass of research in a comprehensive cognitive semiotics.

In this issue of Signata, our intention was to present a new collection of studies that may inspire semiotic research committed to music and its possible meanings, as a characteristic feature of the musicking species and its semiotic, linguistic, esthetic, and social being.

This volume of Signata is thus dedicated to current (explicitly or implicitly semiotic) research on music and meaning and offers a panorama of contemporary reflections and research. We have invited a number of researchers of international standing to participate in this volume and have grouped their contributions, written in French or in English, in six thematic sections: Music and Sign; Music as Song; Music and Culture; Music and Body; Music and Language; Music and Thinking.

ISSUE 6 (2015) : Music and Meaning

Table of contents

1. Primitives
José Roberto do Carmo Jr. & Thiago Corrêa de Freitas, Melodic Primitives and Semiosis
Lucas Takeo Shimoda, Semiotic Description of Timbre and Usage-Related Variants: An Exploratory Analysis of Orchestration Handbooks
2. The Audible
Andrea Valle, Towards a Semiotics of the Audible
Lucia Santaella, Sound and Music in the Domain of Rhematic Iconic Qualisign
3. Music, Song, Language
Luiz Tatit & Ivã Carlos Lopes, Ce que « chanter » veut dire dans l’énonciation musicale
Martine Groccia, La chanson. Essai de sémiotique théorique appliquée
Lawrence M. Zbikowski, Words, Music, and Meaning
Colwyn Trevarthen, Communicative Musicality or Stories of Truth and Beauty in the Sound of Moving
Bjorn Merker, Seven Theses on the Biology of Music and Language
4. Metaphor
Frederico Macedo, Space as Metaphor: The Use of Spatial Metaphors in Music and Music Writing
Line Brandt, Dance as Dialogue: Metaphorical Conceptualization and Semantic Domains
5. Tonality, Harmony, Philosophy
Per Aage Brandt, On Tonal Dynamics and Musical Meaning
William L. Benzon, “Rhythm Changes”. Notes on Some Genetic Elements in Musical Culture
John Halle, From Linguistics to Musicology. Notes on Structuralism, Musical Generativism, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy
Peter Bruun, Silence the Silence. Making Sense of Music beyond Consumption and Contemplation
6. Emotion, Body And Performance
David Huron, Cues and Signals: An Ethological Approach to Music-Related Emotion
William Westney, et al., Musical Embodiment and Perception: Performances, Avatars and Audiences
Morten Schuldt-Jensen, What Is Conducting? Signs, Principles, and Problems

Alain Rabatel, Le substrat énonciatif de la connaissance narrative empathique et ses enjeux philosophiques
Pierluigi Basso Fossali, Le rythme étranger et la catalyse ponctuelle de la culture. Dialogues possibles entre Barthes et Lotman

512 pages
Price 30 € HTVA
ISBN : 978-2-87562-087-3
ISSN : 2032-9806