'Understood at last’? A memetic analysis of Beethoven’s ‘bloody fist

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic, Mind, and Embodiment - 11th International Symposium, CMMR 2015, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
Volume9617 LNCS
ISBN (Print)9783319462813
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2016
Event11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research,: Music, Mind & Embodiment - Plymouth University , Plymouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jun 201519 Jun 2015
Conference number: 11
http://cmr.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/cmmr2015/ (Link to Conference Website )

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9617 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research,
Abbreviated titleCMMR2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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