Semiotic modeling: relevance to trumpet performance and musical interpretation using Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
This paper is about the use of semiotics for the purpose of improving technical efficiency and musical interpretation in brass performance. Semiotics is the study of signs. The field is rooted in linguistics and logic, but has widened its influences to musicology and music theory in the last several decades. This paper constructs a model which simplifies music performance. The model has two components that address physical demands and musical analysis. The first component is a mathematically-based visual representation of the air stream used in brass performance. The second component of the model uses a reductive analysis. This analysis is the “roadmap” for performance for the purpose of improving musical interpretation. The dual model of conceptualizing a work for performance will be applied to the first movement of Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano.
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Heinzen, Craig David, "Semiotic modeling: relevance to trumpet performance and musical interpretation using Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" (2006). LSU Major Papers. 41.