Metaphor and the concept of sound in contemporary music

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This chapter makes a contribution to musicological research into metaphor. Itspurpose is to analyse the metaphorical concepts of sound in the ideas of threetwentieth-century composers from France and Canada: Pierre Schaeffer (1910–1995), Raymond Murray Schafer (born 1933) and Gérard Grisey (1946–1998).Analysis of the composers’ writings and opinions enables us to characterize themetaphors that influenced their creative imagination and aesthetic outlook.Their ideas focus on particular metaphors: of the sonic object (Schaeffer), thesoundscape (Schafer), and the sound organism (Grisey). The conclusions drawnfrom a comparative analysis of the three composers’ ideas may contribute tothe flourishing research into metaphor and provide new tools for research intocontemporary music.


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