Classical Music and the Language Analogy
Is music, in some sense, similar to language? The question takes
on a special meaning when we speak of Classical Music - music of
the later 18th and early 19th centuries. The idea that music is
some kind of language has become central to the
aesthetics of the age.
Despite the fundamental differences between both, this analogy
is not merely a manner of speaking. Music can borrow features
from language. To identify these features we need to take a
closer look at both, and face the fact that language is still
one of the greatest and most controversial riddles of everyday
By taking a historical perspective, viewing both music and
language as accomplishments of human culture, many features come
into relief that tend to get lost in the quest for essences.
Dissertation (2014) - Currently prepared for publication.