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This is also supported by the fact there does not seem to be a speciHc func”on adhered to each bdouwer. In other words, his music should be perceived in a dialec”cal manner that synthesizes Afro-Cuban aesthe”cs with modern European trends. However, it may just be a simple allusion as to how the composer imagines or soniHes the sound of palsaje while living in Cuba. In other words, its meaning is derived from context by causality.

The dichotomy then is presented between the very metric Hrst measures, in which there is no room for a rubato-type of interpreta”on, and the highly organized but aurally looser form of the sec”on men”oned above. Finally, the opening bars from the A sec”on are brought back as a coda, perhaps symbolizing the last moments of what appears to be the end of this Cuban storm. Taras” employs concepts developed by several semio”cians including Peirce, Saussure, and Greimas, and adapts them to work under a musical framework.

The sound of rain, could be argued, is more rhythmical than melodical: Can a composer ar”culate meaning by making a deliberate composi”onal decision? This textural forma”on leads one to conclude that what Brouwer is presen”ng here is an isotopie that points in the direc”on of “Cubanness.

Benveniste adresses it as follows, Taken in itself, the sign is pure iden”ty itself, totally foreign to other signs, the signifying founda”on of language, the material necessity for statement. In this piece, one can Hnd a vast amount of indexical moments to the point that I would argue that this piece is more indexical than iconic.

Even further, once this aural depic”on is governed by conven”on, it becomes a symbol, which can either show iconic or indexical features.


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Consequently, the main purpose of this document is to exemplify in a clear and concrete fashion the use of semio”c analysis as outlined by Taras” For this reason, Taras”‘s begins his theory with the concept of isotopies, which he deHnes as deep achronic structures that hold the piece together.

In a similar fashion, I am willing to posit that semio”cs oaisaje provide a complacent method that compensates for the communica”on gap generated by the use of verbal ac”vity as means of conveying musical informa”on and meaning.

Taras”‘s theory, as he explains, deals primarily with the French semio”cian Algirdas Julien Greimas’ genera”ve course, and in a secondary posi”on 1 deals with the American Philosopher Charles Peirce’s semio”c theory. Nonetheless, as Chagas enunciates: Even further, one can talk of mul”ple isotopies, if referring to bitonality lluvia polyrhythmic passages.

llkvia Other instances can be considered iconic as well. This premise, of course, works under the assump”on that paisxje and verbal language are mutually exclusive. My personal interpreta”on of how these modali”es are contained in the piece can be found in Hgure 7.

In his own words, [aQer] learning the so-called great repertoire, the grand repertoire … I realized that there were a lot of gaps. In this sense, Afro Cuban music is delivered in a more abstract manner, which propels it into a diNerent direc”on, being more accessible in a global and transcultural connota”on. Taras” follows the iden”Hca”on of isotopies with three categories that he classiHes as cons”tu”ve core elements of a sound semio”c analysis.

It is not allowed to use the work for commercial purposes and you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. Second and consequently, it must explain the constraints aNec”ng organiza”on at the highest level– levels of sentence, paragraph, chapter, and beyond.

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Furthermore, it can come to be extremely e4cient when dealing with pieces that relate to na”onalis”c trends, par”cularly in the study of music symbols or topoi. In very general terms, one relates the aesthe”cs of Cuban music with na”onalis”c traits that are always present in tradi”onal music and that derive from the Afro-Cuban tradi”on.

It is then possible to convey musical informa”on, or the inner logic of music, through verbal u3erances if its signiHcance is replicated within a par”cular culture. Accordingly, Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia being wri3en in falls into the la3er category.

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Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia, for 4 guitars (Cuban Landscape with Rain)

As evidenced when comparing Hgure 5 Hudson As Agawu states in the aforemen”oned book, For language to provide a useful model for musical analysis, it must do at least three things: In simple terms, llivia over syntax.

Thus, the jus”Hca”on of the modality of becoming as excessive. It appears as if these ques”ons, which are conspicuously central to the prac”ce of music are oQen disregarded and considered a given.

In this par”cular passage, Brouwer’s choice of calid diatonicism, with the addi”on of the performer’s ability to play these single notes with a warm and round tone, can be indexical of the warm weather experienced in a place like Cuba. Following, the atmosphere gets denser and denser, featuring diNerent textures by means of composi”onal techniques such as close imita”on see Hgure 2; rehearsal le3er Eor aggrega”ve pentatonicism see Hgure 3; rehearsal le3er F.

But as men”oned above, there is ambiguity in terms of a speciHc func”on assigned to each line. As demonstrated above, modali”es conn func”on within musicological discourse brouwr describe the piece in its musical terms, and even tap into the discourse of embodiment—one that is conspicuously absent in theore”cal analysis. For such purposes, I have decided to use Leo Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia Cuban Landscape with Rainwri3en for four guitars inlluiva an example that serves the aforemen”oned objec”ve well.

Paul Century introduces this emblema”c musician as follows: Enter the email address brokwer signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Oxford University Press, accessed October 25, h3p: Log In Ucbano Up. As Chagas explains, “Music refers to itself, and to the speciHc culture – the speciHc “me and space in which it emerges.

However, one has to take into considera”on that Taras”‘s achievement does not strictly adhere to these theories: In a strictly Peircian sense, however, an icon is simply a sign that resembles an object.