Conceptual metaphor, music, discourse, composition, aesthetics
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.
Natario, Loren, "Conceptual Metaphor and its Role in the Composition, Performance, and Consumption of Music" (2018). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 99.
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