Mimésis, géstica e as “origens” da escrita neumática gregoriana em zu einer theorie der musikalischen reproduktion de adorno: Breves notas

Translated title of the contribution: Mimesis, gestures and the origin of neumes in adorno’s towards a theory of musical reproduction: Brief remarks

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Abstract

Na investigação musicológica sobre as origens, difusão e funções dos primeiros sistemas de escrita musical no contexto do repertório gregoriano,a perspectiva paleográfica tem assumido um papel essencial. Mas é claro que muitas outras metodologias e abordagens teoréticas concorrem para densificar o horizonte de compreensão da Musicologia histórica. Nestas notas, procuramos considerar a leitura que Theodor Adorno,noseu projecto inacabado “Zu einer Theorie der musikalischen Reproduktion”, faz da emergência danotação musical.Reflectindosobre as especificidades do sistema notacional, Adorno compreende-oà luz do nuclear operador conceptual de Mimésis. Apesar da progressiva racionalização da música ter esbatido a originária dimensão mimética, ela perdurariadeforma latente nos sinais gráficos, entendidos como “imagens de gestos”e como instrumentos de control e social

Although the paleographical approach remains essential in the scholarly research focused on the origins, dissemination, and functions of the earliest notational systems used in medieval plainsong, historical Musicology is open to new methodologies. This article seeks to analyse some topics about the origins of chant notation from the perspective of the critical theory of Theodor W. Adorno. In his unfinished “Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction”, Adorno reflected on the specificities of the notational system, which he sought to comprehend in light of the nuclear concept of Mimesis. For him, "the musical symbols chosen to wrest the music are images of gestures", serving the function of social control. Nonetheless the progressive rationalization of music (indispensable for its aesthetic autonomy) has faded its mimetic dimension, the former continues to be remarkable on the graphic signs. It seems important to critically (re)adress this challenging and interpellant theoretical discourse.
Translated title of the contributionMimesis, gestures and the origin of neumes in adorno’s towards a theory of musical reproduction: Brief remarks
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalPer Musi
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Adorno
  • Cheironomy
  • Mimesis
  • Neumatic notation
  • Notação neumática
  • Mimésis
  • Quironomia

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