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Cytat w muzyce. Odkrywanie znaczeń jako interpretacja
Quotation in music. Discovering meanings as interpretation

Author(s): Bogumiła Mika
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: musical quotation; interpretation; communication theory; styles of reception;intertextuality;
Summary/Abstract: The following article discusses the notion of quotation in music and its communicative qualities, which affect the interpretation of the art of the sound. In music, quotation is defined as a sound structure borrowed from another, existing piece, quoted exactly or almost exactly. It constitutes one of the many ways to incorporate existing material, but it is at the same time extremely specific. It is utilized by composers for particular expressions and meanings it evokes. The composer, counting on the listeners to recognize the quotation and understand the associations connected with the type of music used in the piece, manipulates also the interpretation of the following parts of the piece. A quotation is thus intentional — it functions properly only when the listener is actively directed towards it. The author utilizes theory of communication (literary studies), linguistic, cultural and musical competence as well as styles of reception (theorized by literature and music theory). Moreover, she points to the connotations of a musical quotation, situating the phenomenon within the sphere of intertextuality.

  • Page Range: 79-91
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish