Curry, Ben (2013) Resituating the Icon: David Osmond-Smith’s Contribution to Music Semiotics. twentieth-century music, 9 (1-2). pp. 177-200. ISSN 1478-5722.
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Early in his career David Osmond-Smith produced a series of articles subjecting musical phenomena to semiotic analysis. The principal tool deployed in these articles is that of the icon or iconism, a concept borrowed from the American semiotician and pragmatist philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce and exhaustively examined, re-examined and criticized by Eco. This paper explains the principles of iconic signification and their use in Osmond-Smith’s work. Central to this explanation is a consideration of Eco’s work on iconism and the somewhat perplexing point that Osmond-Smith embraced iconism despite his awareness, and, at times, apparent support, of Eco’s thorough-going critique of the concept. Lastly, the more recent growth of interest in Peircian semiotics will be invoked in order to propose ways of developing Osmond-Smith’s application of iconism to music in line with pragmatist (or pragmaticist) thought.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||music, Osmond-Smith, Eco, semiotics, iconism|
|Subjects:||M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Music and Audio Arts|
|Depositing User:||Ben Curry|
|Date Deposited:||11 Oct 2012 12:18|
|Last Modified:||24 Apr 2013 15:07|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31528 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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