Sound and sense : music and musical metaphor in the thought and writing of Goethe and his age / J.M. Tudor.

Tudor, J. M. [Browse]
New York : Peter Lang, 2011.
xv, 511 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


  • Britische und Irische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur ; 46. [More in this series]
  • British and Irish studies in German language and literature ; 46
Summary note
This study focuses on beliefs about music current in eighteenth-century Germany. Of particular interest are the conceptual metaphors through which major writers (Goethe, Schiller, Herder and Klopstock) used music as analogy and medium for perceptions of the world in their writing. The book surveys traditional metaphors (music as harmony/disharmony, music as like/unlike language, music as structured by mathematical proportion or by rhythm) inherited from Greek and French thought and looks at ways in which these writers also assimilated and developed contemporary ideas (especially from Leibniz, the French Rationalists, Rameau and Rousseau). German writers of this epoch had a remarkably rich and varied range of ideas of music at their disposal, some of which could also be realised in multi-media genres. With the help of modern theory from several fields, the study aims to show how they deployed these resources in ways both like and unlike the practice of Romantic writers with whom they overlapped at the end of the century. -- From publisher's website.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Part 1: Traditional conceptions of music
  • 1 Music as harmony i): music as order and form
  • 2 A negative metaphor of harmony: music as disharmony, discord, dissonance
  • 3 A negative metaphor of language: music as irrational, music as voice of feeling
  • 4 A further negative metaphor of language: music as sub- and superhuman, music and the daemonic
  • Traditional concepts of music, reviewed
  • Part 2: Conceptions of the structure of music and their influence on musical metaphor
  • 5 Music as based on mathematical relations
  • 6 Music as based on rhythm
  • Part 3: Conceptions of music and language: renewed metaphorical potential from interactive domains
  • 7 Enhanced communication i): music and language as similar
  • 8 Enhanced communication ii): music as contrast and complement to language
  • Part 4: The synthesis of these conceptions of music
  • 9 Music as harmony ii): music as all-encompassing dynamic whole
  • 10 Music as harmony iii): harmony as sequence, 'Melodie [...] in ihrem weiten Inbegrif'
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Index of Goethe's works
  • Index of Herder's works
  • Index of Schiller's works.
  • 9783034302371 ((alk. paper))
  • 3034302371 ((alk. paper))
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