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Memesatz contra Ursatz: Memetic perspectives on the aetiology and evolution of musical structure

Jan, Steven (2010) Memesatz contra Ursatz: Memetic perspectives on the aetiology and evolution of musical structure. Musicae Scientiae: the journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 14 (1). pp. 3-50. ISSN 1029-8649

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Abstract

This article discusses the aetiology and evolution of musical structure, specifically the sonata-form exposition, from a memetic perspective. It regards established musical forms as replicated schemata arising from the conglomeration of foreground-level memes, the resultant archetypes (structural memes or Memesätze) being replicated (reinstantiated) by different collections of functionally analogous (allelic) memes. After a discussion of the theoretical background including the top-down/bottom-up generative dichotomy as it applies to form, and some attributes of memes affecting conglomeration three sonata expositions, by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, are discussed as specific evidence in support of the general hypotheses advanced.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 07:55
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2013 15:05
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7585

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