Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Keywords

Conceptual metaphor, music, discourse, composition, aesthetics

Abstract

An analysis of conceptual metaphor (as described by George Lakoff) within the field of music discourse. I examined specific instances of conceptual metaphor and extrapolated to draw conclusions regarding patterns of reasoning and conceptualizations of music as a whole. Despite my observations of conceptual metaphor being limited to the English language, I argue that there is a degree of universality of these conceptualizations (at least within the domain of Western music) and provided evidence of similar conceptualizations outside of the English language. I also argue that significant changes in musical aesthetics in the 19th and 20th century can largely be attribute to an effort on the part of composers to subvert these conceptualizations.

The PDF of the presentation includes the script at the beginning and the slides at the end. The audio is added as an additional file.

Department

Music

Comments

Advisor: Dr. Bruce Hamilton, Music Compostion

Natario_SockBox.mp3 (3983 kB)
Presentation audio

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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