Mosley, David L.
Gesture, Sign, and Song
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Schumann's Liederkreis Opus 39
Year of Publication: 1990
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. 214 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-1102-6 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.380 kg, 0.838 lbs
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Based upon the writings of Mead and Peirce, the gestural-semiotic approach employed in this work explicates the connotative domain of music, the denotative domain of poetry, and their confluence in Schumann's Op. 39. As a work of literary and musical criticism, this study examines the poetics of Eichendorff and the musical aesthetics of Schumann in ways not previously discussed. Most importantly, in this radically interdisciplinary study the phenomenon of song is treated bilaterally - as a hybrid aesthetic expression, not unilaterally - as the domain of either music or poetry.
«Mosley develops and sets out in original fashion the essentials of a theory of musical semiotic. This is a much-needed and welcome study.» (Douglass Seaton, The Florida State University)
«David Mosley's study of Schumann and Eichendorff is an exemplary piece of criticism. His use of Peirce's semiotic is rigorous and faithful to its source, his readings of Eichendorff's verse are both imaginative and sensible, and his 'gestural' approach to Schumann's 'Liederkreis' provides the necessary foundation and orientation for the study. This book should serve as a model for other such interdisciplinary analyses.» (Robert Detweiler, Emory University)
«There is no doubt that Dr. Mosley is an outstanding and brilliant young scholar. I am convinced that his book will be a major contribution to Schumann studies and the semiotics of music.» (Eero Tarasti, University of Helsinki)
«This excellent study is one of the finest examples of a semiotic approach to the lied. Mosley is equally at home with music theoretical studies and literary criticism (along with a subtle understanding of the German language), and is uniquely qualified for such a study. I find Mosley's methodology to be quite excellent. ...this work is a very fine amalgamation of detailed analysis and imaginative interpretation, a rare combination indeed and one that serves as an example for us all.» (William E. Grim, Yearbook of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Fine Arts)
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