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Music And Embodied Imagining: Metaphor And Metonymy In Western Art Music, Deanna Kemler
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This dissertation poses the question, "How does music mean?" If we acknowledge that music exists in the material world as a complex sound wave only, we must wonder how music, as felt meaning, arises. Scholars have often approached this question through considering music as a language. I do not employ this approach. In fact, I criticize this analogy and the epistemology on which it is based as reductive and inconsistent with musical experience. This analogy diminishes a whole-bodied experience to one that involves only the mind and ears and decreases resonant, lived meaning to "content"--metaphorically an object transferred by ...