Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground by Michael Alec RoseAudible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground by Michael Alec Rose

Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground

byMichael Alec Rose

Paperback | August 26, 2010

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Whether it's a song by Brahms or by the Boss, a serenade by Mozart or a ballet by John Harbison, music radiates a diverse spectrum of meaningful signs, hidden in plain hearing.¿ To enjoy the interplay of musical signs, it helps to recognize them in the first place.¿ The various iconographic strategies of Audible Signs-including commentary on graphic works, books, poems, and film-yield new appreciations and critiques of composers of vastly divergent styles and technical materials.¿¿

Author and composer Michael Alec Rose helps readers decode the signs composers give us in their music-sounds that invoke very particular ideas,¿ images, and cultural contexts-and reveals the extraordinary ingenuity with which certain pieces deploy recognizable figures in a musical landscape.¿ None of this can be done systematically.¿ Each artwork reinvents "the code" and demands a unique set of approaches.¿ But¿the chapters in this invigorating book¿spring from the same musical ground, where the only thing that matters is to pay attention to the wonders of great music.
Title:Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical GroundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.56 × 0.56 inPublished:August 26, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441180508

ISBN - 13:9781441180506

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Table of Contents

Preface and Hypothesis
A Note on Recordings
1 An Intimate Iconography of Music
2 The Redress of Music
3 Earning Your Song
4 The Rest of The Rest Is Noise
5 Daimones
6 Letting Go
7 A Letter to My Daughter
Suggestions for Further Listening, Viewing, and Reading

Editorial Reviews

"Brilliant, spiritual, funny - at times exasperating - this wonderful book is an irreverent¿ and intimate conversational tour of the physical and spiritual¿ reality¿ of music.¿ Ear-opening, mind-cracking, this is a paean to difficult love, and will remind you of every piece of music that you've really listened to." -¿Margaret Doody, John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor of Literature at¿ the University of Notre Dame, and author of Aristotle Detective and other novels