Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Christian Thorau, Vom Klang zur Metapher: Perspektiven der Musikalischen Analyse

Thorau, Christian (Fellow, 2008-09)

Hildesheim, Germany: Georg Olms Verlag, 2022

From the publisher's description:

"What is still description in any other art is already a metaphor in the art of sound." Eduard Hanslick already pointed out in his book Vom Musikalisch-Schöne (1854) the special role of metaphors for the understanding of music. From sound to metaphor, the metaphors-theoretical discussions of the 20th and 21st centuries take hold and make them fruitful for an analytical approach to music. The study shows ways in which the principle of metaphor can be expanded into a fundamental reflection model for musical analysis. For this purpose, various examples of Beethoven's and Schumann's character constellations are examined in terms of their metaphor-like nature: the transfer of concrete music passages into a metaphor-containing description, the relation of theme and variation in instrumental music as a model of a music-internal, non-linguistic metaphor and the symbiosis of music and language in the titled piano piece and in the art song. The book explores the possibilities and limits of integrating the metaphorical dimension into the analytical procedure and reflects it methodically. It opens musical analysis perspectives on and with the help of metaphor.


Subjects: Music; Musicology; Music Theory; Metaphor; Aesthetics;