Schuberts "Stora C-dursymfoni": Kommunikationen med ett musikaliskt konstverk : en tillämping av Paul Ricoeurs tolkningsbegrepp
1999 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
The dissertation demonstrates how it is possible to apply the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics to a musical work-of-art and illustrates the approach with an interpretation of Schubert's Great C-major Symphony (D 944). Arguments are put forward to show that the meaning of a musical work-of-art can be naively grasped under favourable communicative conditions. With a concept of meaning related to action, it is possible to use Ricoeurs's concepts of discourse, text, mimesis and world to develop a hermeneutical model for the appropriation of a work. The purpose is to appropriate "the world of the work"; not an attempt to understand the composer's psychical life.
The interpretation is made in a series of different stages that form a hermeneutical arc determined by the dialectic between explaining and understanding. It illustrates that Schubert's instrumental music has its root in the key polarity and bar-grouping of pre-classicism. The great format and surging movement in Beethoven's symphonies is transformed in the C-major Symphony to an expression of sublime nature. Analyses and descriptions of processes elucidate the architectonic balance and continuity of the work.
The formal structure is transcended: The course of musical events is largely analogous with the narrative structure of the Bildungsroman. The content of the symphony has its origin in the Austrian Vormärz, when German humanism and reverence for Nature typical of the Goethezeit coalesce with traditional values of Habsburg culture. The successive alternation of passive devotional parts with active dynamic parts creates an almost unlimitedmusical space. This, together with the work's expression of Joy and Hope, reflects a free human mind viewing life as a gift recieved with piety, and as a mission for endless creativity.
With its innovative configuration of musical time and its utopian character, the symphony presents a possible world; an ethical reality that the listener can apply to life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 1999. , 302,  p.
Studia musicologica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0081-6744 ; 15
Musicology, work-of-art, interpretation, text, discourse, mimesis, 18-19th century musichistory, music aesthetics, music analysis, Schubert, instrumental music, the great C-major symphony, Vormärz, reception
Research subject Musicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246ISBN: 91-554-4527-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-246DiVA: diva2:161857
1999-11-19, hörsal 1, Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, Uppsala, Uppsala, 13:00