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Coherence Beyond Structure As stated above, Greimas’ discourse deals with the deeper levels Hrst, which if translated to musical terms would relate to ma3ers of form and harmonic design.

It exists when it is recognized as signiHer by all members of a linguis”c community, and when it calls forth for each individual roughly the same associa”ons and opposi”ons.

Nonetheless, as Chagas enunciates: In a similar manner, there is a vast amount of will and must, which is explained by the inten”on of the composer to follow a speciHc program and convey it in a truthful sense therefore my ra”ng of believing as su4cient.

We know by the “tle of the piece that perhaps the music should contain Cuban traits. Consequently, the main purpose of this document is to exemplify in a clear and concrete fashion the use of semio”c analysis as outlined by Taras” If there is an impossibility of communica”on then how should one proceed?

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. In his own words, [aQer] learning the so-called great repertoire, the grand repertoire … I realized that there were a lot of gaps.

Even further, once this aural depic”on is governed by conven”on, it becomes a symbol, which can either show iconic or indexical features.

In other words, his music should be perceived in a dialec”cal manner that synthesizes Afro-Cuban aesthe”cs with modern European trends. As Taras” states, “Modali”es denotes all the inten”ons by which the person who voices an u3erance may color his or her speech i.

Leo Brouwer: Paisaje cubano con lluvia | Cristián Alvear

Finally, when referring llivia the modality of can, there is a fair amount of technical procedures required by the performer to accurately create the soundscape proposed by Brouwer: Click here to sign up. It is also impera”ve to understand that his approach is not as formalist as one would expect, especially when dealing with a system that is based on very rigid procedures as it derives from linguis”cs.


Accordingly, Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia being wri3en in falls into the la3er category. This is also an indexical characteris”c that will later be discussed, as it concerns Peircian theory. Volume 2,ed. In other words, its meaning is derived from context by causality.

These symbols, or topics, which now belong to the collec”ve imaginary of a par”cular culture, need a full cultural study: Thus, the jus”Hca”on of the modality of becoming as excessive. Perhaps, this is a far-fetched idea, but I am willing to enunciate it as it interes”ng to speculate as to why Brouwer decided to use close imita”on as means to convey the idea of rain. Third, it must demonstrate, rather than merely assume, that music represents a bona Hde system of communica”on, and must then go on to show what is being communicated and how.

This is taken to the extent that the pizzicato sec”on may be perceived as a pas”che of cpn chaos.

Remember me on this computer. Second and consequently, it must explain the constraints aNec”ng organiza”on at the highest level– levels of sentence, paragraph, chapter, and beyond. However, it may just be a simple allusion as to how the composer imagines or soniHes the sound of rain while living in Cuba.

A Theory of Musical Semio! However, this is a deliberate approach as he considers that music will reveal ocn “true” form by employing a “soQer” method that deals with a hermeneu”cal-philosophical discourse Taras” It is then possible to convey musical informa”on, or the inner logic of music, through verbal u3erances if its signiHcance is replicated within a par”cular culture.

For example, one could label the style from which Brouwer is deriving its main elements as an isotopie.

For example, in Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia, one Hnds a great amount of iconic elements. As well, it is possible to encounter opposing isotopies simultaneously, which given the context may be indica”ve of irony, or of deliberate contradic”on.

This idea is be3er explained by using the study of literature if one considers music as a narra”ve art that is as a parallel example: What a beau”ful thing it would be if Brahms had wri3en a guitar concerto! Such is the province and the criterion of semio”cs.

This is also supported by the fact there does not seem to be a speciHc func”on adhered to each part. As evidenced when comparing Hgure 5 Hudson Taras”‘s theory, as he explains, deals primarily with the French semio”cian Algirdas Julien Greimas’ genera”ve course, and in a secondary posi”on 1 deals with the American Philosopher Charles Peirce’s semio”c theory. This can also be evidenced by the trend that musicology has taken in the past decades that expands into the anthropological realm.


Denouement If music is to be understood as a cultural ar”fact that allows for communica”on to occur, then it follows that its discourse should be treated within the same framework as culture: A Semio”c Analysis of Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia by Leo Brouwer 17 purpose, as it has been men”oned before, is solely to provide the reader with a possible applica”on of semio”c theory to musical analysis.

Surely, one could argue that there is a fair amount of syncopa”on, which oQen relates to the Afro- Cuban tradi”on, but there is not a clear Hgura”on that hints at the idea of “Cubanness.

Simultaneously, I will use Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia as the model to accompany such descrip”ons, and thus, providing the cno with a fair demonstra”on of semio”cs when dealing with musical analysis. Firstly, as men”oned before, an icon deals with isomorphisms that give a literal aural depic”on of an object. Taras” employs concepts developed by several semio”cians including Peirce, Saussure, and Greimas, and adapts them to work under a musical framework.

Llugia answer, although apparently a far-fetched idea, seems to sa”sfy my ini”al inquiry in regards to the isotopie of “Cubanness” found in the piece. As we will see, this element of “na”onalis”c” abstrac”on will be conspicuously evident in Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia.

Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia, for 4 guitars (Cuban Landscape with Rain)

The modali”es that Taras” adapts are the brouwe No la u”lice para Hnes comerciales y no haga con ella obra derivada. Temporality, lluuvia the other hand, is conveyed through a dichotomy of rhythmic ac”vity. Nonetheless, the reading presented merely cons”tutes a deHnite descrip”on of the piece, and it should be interpreted in that sense. Paul Century introduces this emblema”c musician as follows: Therefore, I will Hrst give a brief but detailed account of Leo Brouwer’s composi”onal output and aesthe”cs, followed by a summarized descrip”on of the semio”c concepts that Taras” uses in the Hrst two chapters of his book.

At a Hrst glance, it is llvuia to determine that the piece deals with the idea of water: As Chagas explains, “Music refers to itself, and to the speciHc culture – the speciHc “me and space in which it emerges. Finally, one encounters the idea of “Cubanness” as an isotopie that provides a deeper insight of the meaning of the piece.