MUSIC AS A LANGUAGE OF FEELINGS AND AS A SEMIOTIC SYSTEM
References: 5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2018, www.sgemvienna.org, SGEM2018 Vienna ART Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-31-7 / ISSN 2367-5659, 19 - 21 March, 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 2.1; 281-288 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2018H/21/S06.035
This study aims to describe the main musical and aesthetic concepts that define music as a special kind of language. The Ancient Greek doctrine of ethos claims that music is associated with feelings, since it imitates the human voice and expresses one’s state of mind or mood. In the doctrine of the affections music is compared to the art of rhetoric in its ability to affect emotions. So if rhetoric is an art of persuasion, then music is an art of suggestion. Romanticism in its turn declares music the language of feelings par excellence, that voices inexpressible and directly influences emotions. In Susanne Langer’s aesthetics we already find a transition from music merely expressing feelings to music symbolically reflecting them. The development of semiotics and its expansion beyond literary studies into other branches of science gave rise to a different discourse on music as a language. Here, music appears as a special type of semiotic system, for which it is necessary to find a place in the general classification of semiotic systems.
Keywords: musical affects, the language of feelings, symbolic activity, the sign system, the musical sign, Langer Susanne K., Benveniste E.
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