The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral
Indiana University Press, 2006 M08 31 - 304 pages
The Musical Topic discusses three tropes prominently featured in Western European music: the hunt, the military, and the pastoral. Raymond Monelle provides an in-depth cultural and historical study of musical topics--short melodic figures, harmonic or rhythmic formulae carrying literal or lexical meaning--through consideration of their origin, thematization, manifestation, and meaning. The Musical Topic shows the connections of musical meaning to literature, social history, and the fine arts.