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Introduction : towards a theory of musical meaning (in India and elsewhere).

Clayton, Martin (2001) 'Introduction : towards a theory of musical meaning (in India and elsewhere).', British journal of ethnomusicology., 10 (1). pp. 1-17.

Abstract

This article introduces a special issue of the British Journal of Ethnomusicology on “music and meaning”. It does so by offering some thoughts on “meaning” in the context of north Indian rāga music and by sketching the outline of an approach to musical meaning influenced by perspectives from ethnomusicology, psychological anthropology, cognitive science and cultural studies. The article proposes that all music is necessarily meaningful insofar as it offers to the perceiving subject possibilities for action and imagination, and that meaning is wholly dependent neither on semiosis nor on the apprehension of formal or structural relationships.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (307Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09681220108567307
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Clayton, Martin (2001) 'Introduction : towards a theory of musical meaning (in India and elsewhere).', British journal of ethnomusicology., 10 (1). pp. 1-17. British journal of ethnomusicology is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0968-1221&volume=10&issue=1&spage=1
Record Created:16 Sep 2011 12:35
Last Modified:03 Dec 2013 09:44

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