Music and Fantasy

Marshall Brown

in Musical Meaning and Human Values

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230099
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235445 | DOI:
Music and Fantasy

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The chapter starts with a discussion on Lawrence Kramer's book, Why Classical Music Still Matters. Kramer said that music imagines “an unbroken continuity in tradition.” This started the association of music and imagination. Imagination is connected with images but typically music has other ways to think than in images. Later on, composers used the term fantasy, which is the Greek word for imagination. Basically, fantasy is imagination in musical form. Effects of the musical fantasy to symphony are discussed in this chapter. The Fifth Symphony of Beethoven was made as an example. However, it has been claimed that the “Septet,” by the impressionist composer Vinteuil, and which was in the last installment of Proust's great novel, outdid the Fifth Symphony of Beethoven.

Keywords: music; imagination; fantasy; musical fantasy; Beethoven; Septet; Vinteuil; Proust

Chapter.  7996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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