Sub-axis 2

Text Analysis


Analysis of written texts on orchestration or transcribed interviews with composers and conductors will be used to derive theory that is implicit in the ways of communicating what they do when composers orchestrate (procedures, goals, perceptual effects obtained) or when conductors interpret their scores. Several methods will be used including text-mining techniques and corpus studies from the digital humanities, as well as discourse analysis from linguistics. The analyses will also help develop text-based cultural and historical analyses of orchestration practice and provide input to the new field of critical organology (the history of instrument construction in light of the impact and implications of technology), as well as musically oriented work on sound symbolism and its relation to cognitive semantics.

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Forsyth (1935)
Analysis of timbral descriptors