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Language

Roger Scruton

in The Aesthetics of Music

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198167273
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019816727X.003.0007
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Explores the parallels and divergences between music and language, dismisses certain fashionable semiotic approaches, and tries to show that recent attempts to give a generative theory of musical syntax are fundamentally mistaken. Explores the suggestions that music has syntax and a rule‐guided structure, and argues that these suggestions are based on metaphors. The meaning of a piece of music is given by perception, not by convention.

Keywords: generative theory; language; meaning of music; music; musical syntax; perception; semiotic approach

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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