The metasemiotics of classical music & film : the recontextualisation of Strauss and Wagner in pop culture

Leech, Charles Cairns Danebury (1999) The metasemiotics of classical music & film : the recontextualisation of Strauss and Wagner in pop culture. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Employing a cross-disciplinary theoretical base that encompasses intertextuality theory, film studies, and musicology, this thesis examines the media combination of classical music and Hollywood film, and its role in popular culture. Three classical music case histories are examined: the 'Introduction' from Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra; the 'Ride of the Valkyries' from Wagner's opera The Valkyrie; and the 'Liebestod' from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. Throughout these case histories (and the numerous films in which these pieces of music are heard), narrative congruence between the music and the associated visual image is demonstrated. Eventually the music achieves the pop culture status of 'metaleitmotif'. The combination of classical music with film is thus shown to be a complex example of the kind of multimedia intertextual reference that makes up modern metasemiotic pop culture.

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ID Code: 35919
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Bruce, Graham & Ferrier, E.
Additional Information: Presented to the Centre for Media Policy and Practice, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Music Semiotics, Motion pictures and music, Popular culture, classical music, Hollywood film, intertextuality, Wagner, Strauss, popular culture, thesis, doctoral
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Charles Cairns Danebury Leech
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 03:54

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