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Delia da Sousa Correa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693122

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693122.001.0001

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Secrets, Technology and Musical Narrative: Remarks on Method

Secrets, Technology and Musical Narrative: Remarks on Method

(p.25) 2 Secrets, Technology and Musical Narrative: Remarks on Method
The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music

Lawrence Kramer

Edinburgh University Press

This preface to Kramer’s ‘Music and the Rise of Narrative’, Chapter 34 of this volume, identifies several methodological issues raised by the understanding that Western ‘classical music’, instrumental music composed since the nineteenth century, frequently presents itself as a narrative genre – as musical narrative. The issues include the relationship of narrative to knowledge, technology, communications and transportation systems (including the railway journey), secrecy, and self-reflection, together with the question of whether narrative language is adequate to describe musical events. Examples of music include Brahms’s Fourth Symphony and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59, no. 3.

Keywords:   musical narrative, classical music, instrumental music, Brahms Fourth Symphony, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, no. 3, railway journey, narrative language

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