Toward a Semiotic Evaluation of Music Analyses

Author: Roeder, John
Publication details: Music Theory Online 0.5: 1-22.


Eco's theory of codes provides the basis for analyzing

the structure of meaning in three contrasting types of music-
analytical representation.An evaluation of the pitch-class-
integer code highlights the essential arbitrariness of the links
between music and mathematics.Graphical representations of
music are also evaluated with reference to a computer program
designed to represent musical data in any conceivable graphical
form.Lastly the paper postulates conditions under which the
literary musical criticism of the Romantic era may have specific
musical denotation; accordingly, Schumann's imagistic review of
Schubert's German Dances, Op. 33, receives exegesis.