Jan, Steven (2015) ‘Understood at Last’?: A Memetic Analysis of Beethoven’s ‘Bloody Fist’. In: 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR 2015): Music, Mind, and Embodiment, 16th - 19th June 2015, Plymouth, UK.
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As a singular moment in the western canon, the opening of the recapitulation in the first movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has prompted a variety of structural and expressive readings. This paper explores its intertextual connections with Mozart’s Don Giovanni from a memetic perspective, outlining certain extra musical interpretations, including some related to Susan McClary’s controversial reading of the passage, one might infer from the strong musical connections.

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