Abstracts of issue 22 (2015)

Athanasios Zervas

Probing musical meaning in sets of pitches in relation to sets of letters: experiment and melodic invention

The similarity between music and language is disputable by major composers and scholars. In addition, the effort to describe and explain in depth meaning and essence of musical sound, using language, leads to subjective conclusions, as the great masters argue. Descriptions, translations, and explanations of sounds often create interesting stories in parallel with the actual music; they create myths that are subject to further explanation and interpretation. In the present paper will be investigated the prospect of the correlation between music and language in the frame of melodic invention, through the systematic connection of letters with pitches.

Musicology