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The metaphor of musical space.

Spitzer, M. (2003) 'The metaphor of musical space.', Musicae scientiae., 1 (7). pp. 101-120.


Pitch space and Riemannian space offer divergent perspectives on tonal space in general. This article suggests that cognitive metaphor theory offers a means of understanding Riemannian space as a metaphorical mapping from pitch space; as an extension from a "deontic" to an "epistemic" musical category. My approach differs from other theorists of musical metaphor in considering mappings not between musical structure and extra-musical "real" space, but rather mappings between musical categories themselves. I illustrate this claim by reviewing recent writings both on pitch-space and Neo-Riemannian theory, and an analytical example by Chopin.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music.
Keywords:Pitch space, Riemannian space, Tonal space.
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Record Created:27 Feb 2007
Last Modified:15 Sep 2010 16:53

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