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date: 21 October 2020

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This chapter is intended as a response and supplement to Raymond Monelle’s book The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral (2006), with a focus on the writings of eighteenth-century music theorists. Despite the thoroughness of Monelle’s study, he largely overlooks such writers as Mattheson, Sulzer, Schubart, and Türk, who all provide important details on these topics, both in terms of their musical parameters and their cultural meanings. Their insights both strengthen and finesse Monelle’s arguments, providing a richer picture of such complex subtopics as the march and siciliana. The chapter concludes with a reflection on Monelle’s unique contributions to the field of music semiotics.

Keywords: music semiotics, topic, hunt, military, pastoral, march, siciliana

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