Talk:Eco and Music

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Eco apparently discussed the music of the post-WWII avant garde--Boulez, Berio, the Darmstadt school--in his early essay "The Open Work."

I recently encountered the following citation of The Open Work in an essay by Timothy S. Murphy entitled "Music After Joyce: The Post-Serial Avant-Garde" [[Media:(Hypermedia Joyce Studies, Volume 2, Number 1. Summer 1999. <>]]. Accessed July 19, 2012.):

Murphy: In his influential early (pre-semiotic) study of the open work, Umberto Eco defines it in opposition to

[[a classical composition...[which] posits an assemblage of sound units which the composer arranged in a closed, well-defined manner before presenting it to the listener. He converted his idea into conventional symbols which more or less oblige the eventual performer to reproduce the format devised by the composer himself, whereas the new musical works...reject the definitive, concluded message and multiply the formal possibilities of the distribution of their elements...In primitive terms we can say that they are quite literally 'unfinished': the author seems to hand them on to the performer more or less like the components of a construction kit (Eco 2-4).]]

I've ordered "The Open Work" from a bookstore and will comment on Eco's discussion of music in that essay after I've had a chance to read it.

  • Thanks for the comment-- you can sign your posts with 4 tildes. The Open Work comment seems promising Annotator1 10:13, 26 July 2012 (CEST)