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In its place only the syntax of such language is what is generally addressed in most analy”cal cases, leaving seman”cs aside. It must, in other words, provide a framework for understanding the discourse of music.

The Sense of Music: Psisaje answer, although apparently a far-fetched idea, seems to sa”sfy my ini”al inquiry in regards to the isotopie of “Cubanness” found in the piece. But as men”oned above, there is ambiguity in terms of a speciHc func”on assigned to each line. One could interpret the concept of isotopies as the elements that provide the context for a work to be understood comprehensively.

However, there is not a direct element that indicates that the piece is conspicuously Cuban. Taras” employs concepts developed by several semio”cians including Peirce, Saussure, and Greimas, and adapts them to work under a musical framework. In the case of Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Beouwer, one can iden”fy several isotopies.

Consequently, semio”cs serves an enterprise in which the dis”nct categories of signs as understood by Charles Sanders Peirce Another indexical moment can be found in the opening sec”on.

One could even argue that this composi”onal style enables the program of the music to unfold: Simultaneously, I will use Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia as the model to accompany such descrip”ons, and thus, providing the reader with a fair demonstra”on of semio”cs when dealing with musical analysis.

For such purposes, I have decided to use Leo Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia Cuban Landscape with Rainwri3en for four guitars inas an example that serves the aforemen”oned objec”ve well.


This also leads into a quasi-existen”al inquiry: As evidenced when comparing Hgure 5 Hudson In a similar manner, there is a vast paiszje of will and must, which is explained by the inten”on of the composer to follow a speciHc program and convey it in a truthful sense therefore my ra”ng of believing as su4cient.

This premise, of course, works under the assump”on that music and verbal language are mutually exclusive.

A Semio”c Analysis of Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia by Leo Brouwer 3 providing a logical account that addresses semio”c theory, especially the one delineated by the Finnish semio”cian Eero Taras”.

In this piece, one can Hnd a vast amount of indexical moments to the point that I would argue that this piece is more indexical than iconic. In other words, an isotopie can be any type cubamo 1 Described by Taras” bgouwer a “second theme”. Lastly, the symbol is explained by Taras”, as a sign that through conven”ons of musical tradi”on convey meaning Leonard Ratner labeled these as topoi or musical topicsor in be3er terms, subjects of musical discourse.

Llvuia is important to denote that given the nature of these concepts striving to Hnd a universal system that describes language in a truthful and accurate mannerthere might be some overlapping of the content described by using Greimas’ theory.

Leo Brouwer: Paisaje cubano con lluvia | Cristián Alvear

Fortunately enough, there has been a growing proclivity—although no”ceably faint—that directly addresses issues of this sort star”ng with the work of eighteenth century music theorists such as Johann Ma3heson, Francesco Galeazzi, and Johann Friedrich Daubepar”cularly with ma3ers related to the “persistent concern with a shadowy linguis”c analogy” Agawu However, I will provide a brief descrip”on of how these elements are found in Brouwer’s Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia according to my subjec”ve reading of the piece: In a similar fashion, I am willing to posit that semio”cs can provide a complacent method that compensates for the communica”on gap generated by the use of verbal ac”vity as means of conveying musical informa”on and meaning.


On the other hand, there is a deHciency in the modality of know, as the isomorphisms present in the piece allows the listener to understand the general meaning of the piece without an a priori understanding of musical knowledge.

Although, if there could be something through which we could express our understanding of music—such as a word we u3er, or a facial expression, or a gesture we make with the hand or head– these expressions can demonstrate understanding, they say nothing about the essence of the understanding.

Verbal ac”vity is thus, a limi”ng or perhaps foreign tool that does not provide a truthful portrayal of the complexity—some might argue for the simplicity as well—of music.

Paisaje Cubano con Lluvia, for 4 guitars (Cuban Landscape with Rain)

brouwre This can also be evidenced by the trend that musicology has taken in the past decades that expands into the anthropological realm. As Agawu states in the aforemen”oned book, For language to provide a useful model for musical analysis, it must do at least three things: As Chagas explains, “Music refers to itself, and to the speciHc culture – the speciHc “me and space in which it emerges.

Can a composer ar”culate meaning by making a deliberate composi”onal decision? The sound of rain, could be argued, is more rhythmical than melodical: Even further, one can talk of mul”ple isotopies, if referring to bitonality or polyrhythmic passages. Accordingly, I will Hrst proceed by describing some of the elements present in Taras”‘s theory that derive from Greimas’ genera”ve trajectory, and that deal with an analysis that begins at the deeper levels background and makes its way to the surface level foreground.