Orchestra and Image in the later Eighteenth Century

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Defines and illustrates the estalishment and usage of four separate areas of musical signification appearing in orchestral music in the Classical period. The area of most potent use, spanning Classical and Romantic periods, was the 'expressive medium' (a new term). Its oscillating texture and use in flat-key tonalities was a signal denoting the proximity of human affection; it could be applied, however, in all types of music, not simply theatre music, as is shown in examples from Viennese Classical sources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Publication statusPublished - 1976


  • Orchestra, metaphor, sign systems, classical period, 'expressive medium'.

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