David Lidov -- Publications

          Most of my publications on musical semiotics are collected or adequately summarized in the 2004 Book, Is Music a Language?   On the other hand, most of my work on musical meter (which although sketchy and exaggerated continues to hold my loyalty) is unpublished.

          Papers or publications which were absorbed in essence or verbatim in Elements are omitted or marked  "in ES"; in Is Language a Music?, "in ILM"

General Semiotics     Music Semiotics and Music Theory      Reviews and Miscellaneous
(To Elements of Semiotics)
(To Is Language a Music?)

          If you want any of these writings and can't find them, I may be able to help. e-mail: lidov@yorku.ca.  Some papers which I have not published may be easy to e-mail.

General Semiotics:

Entries on: Sign, Aesthetics, Articulation, Semiosis, Betrand Russell, Nattiez and Clynes for the Encyclopedia of Semotics and Cultural Studies, Paul Bouissac, gen. ed. Oxford Press, New York. 1998

"A Sign Theory of Consciousness" Semiotic Society of America, Chicago, October, Semiotics 1992.

"Inventing Languages" in Resonant Intervals: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Music, Tim Buell, ed. (Articles based on Keynote Addresses at the Resonant Interval Conference, Calgary, 1990) --Last I heard this was in preparation, but the project seems to have fallen through.   Ch. 21 in ES.

"Locke's Formula and the Scope of Semiotics", Semiotics 1988, Prewitt, Deely and Hayworth, eds., Univ. Press of America, New York, 1989, pp.173-9.

"A Doctrine of Autonomy in Signs," Semiotics 1982, Deely, Evans, eds., pp. 567-76; Semiotic Society of America, 1988.

Music Semiotics and Music Theory

<>“Some Remarks on the Sonata for Piano, Op.90, of Beethoven with regard to theories of representation.”   Keynote Address to Graduate Students Biennial Symposium, Indiana University,  Feb. 2006.

“Representations of the Body in Music.”  Public lecture in the series, Thinking About Music, Cincinatti College and Coservatory of Music, October, 2005

“Musical Signification in General Semiotics” to the conference on “Musical Experiences and Values” Free University of Berlin, June, 2004

“Resisting Representation”  2004.  Ex Tempore, Vol. X/2, pp 16-38.  Ch. 15 in ILM

“Gesture in Music and its Contraries.”  Keynote address to the Norwich conference on Music and Gersture, Norwich, England, 2003 in Elaine King, Anthony Gritten, eds., Music and Gesture, 2006 (Aldershot, Ashgate).

“Repairing Errors in the Musical Theory of Meter” in C. Brüstle, N. Ghattas, C. Risi, S. Schouten (Hg.) Aus dem Takt: Rhythmus in Kunst, Kultur und Natur.   (Transcript Verlag Bielefeld, Germany)  2005

"La mesure en musique," Les Universaux en musique (Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Musical Signification, Paris, October, 1994). C. Miereanu and X. Hascher, eds., Publications de la Sorbonne, Paris, 1999. Pp. 629-634.  [METER]

"Coordination of Microstructure and Macrostructure," in Festschrift for Manfred Clynes,  in A Festschrift for Manfred Clynes, Martha Mills, Danielle Williams, eds., 1999.  MMB Music,  Saint Louis, MO.  This is a version of  "Coordination of Microstructure and Macrostructure," read to the Society for Music Theory, New York, November, 1995.  [METER AND PERFORMANCE.]

"Our Time with the Druids: What and how we can recuperate from our obsessions with tree diagrams and other segmental hierarchies" Proceedings of the Third International Congress on Musical Semiotics, In Contemporary Music Review, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1997.   in IML]

"Musical Semiotics--Science, Letters, or Art?"  1998. Integral, Vol. 10, 1996. 10, pp125-145.  [CRITIQUES OF MONELLE, TARASTI, GRABOCZ]

"Toward a reinterpretation of compositonal theory." pp. 11-26 in Eero Tarasti, ed., Musical Signification: Essays in the semiotic theory and analysis of Music. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1995.   in IML.

“Song as Monument:  Dr. Beverly St. Marie’s ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’” International Congress on Musical Signification,  Bologna, 1996.  in IML.

"From Gesture to Philosophy" read to Semiotic Society of America, San Antonio, October, 1995.  ALSO, "Hermeneutics, Analysis, and Semiotics," read to College Music Society, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 1995. in ILM as "Bartòk, the Progressive."

"Parts and Wholes in Musical Reference: La Traviata," read to Internation Semiotics Association, San Francisco, June, 1994.  expanded in ILM.

"The Discourse of Gesture" read to Semiotic Society of America, St. Louis, 1993.  Intro to Part III in ILM.

"Biological, cultural and formal factors in Music." (mimeo) 1993. (Paper read to American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, 1993.

The Lamento di Tristano Chapter 4 in Mark Everist, ed., Models of Musical Analysis, Vol. I, Music before 1600. Blackwell, 1992, pp. 66-92.  

"Mind and Body in Music" Semiotica, 1987. 66-1/3 (1987) 70-97. in ILM

"Mimesis in Music," Semiotics, 1987.  Intro to Part III in ILM

"The Allegretto of Beethoven's Seventh" American Journal of Semiotics, Vol.1, No.1-2, 1981, pp.142-65. Ch.3 in ILM.

"Describing a Signified for music" Semiotic Inquiry, Vol.1, No.2, 1981.

"Technique and Signification in the Twelve-Tone Method," Degres, VII:18, 1979, pp.C1-9. Also in The Sign in Music and Literature, Univ. of Texas, 1980. in ILM

Entry on Semiotics of Music for the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics 1980. (McMillan and Indiana University Press)

Musical Structure and Musical Significance--I (Working Paper). Toronto Semiotic Circle Monograph series (70 pp. mimeo), 1980, University of Victoria in the University of Toronto.

On the Musical Phrase, No.1 in Monographies de semiologie et d'analyses musicales, Faculte de Musique, University of Montreal, 1975, 100pp. [INCLUDES "THEORY OF THE MUSICAL PHRASE IN RIEMANN, RUWET, AND COOPER AND MEYER"]

"Structure and Function in Musical Repetition," CAUSM Journal, Vol.VIII, No.1, 1979, pp.1-32. Ch. 2 in ILM

"A Melody Writing Algorithm Using a Formal Language Model" (with J. Gabura), Computers in the Humanities IV-314, 1973, pp. 138-48. (Also in French translation by Latraverse and Nattiez,
in 1975, above.)

"Freedom and Responsibility in Musical Interpretation," Canadian Music Book, 1974.

"Musical and Verbal Semantics" Semiotica, XXXI-3/4, 369-391. 

"Between Insight and Explanation," Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States, Toronto, 1975. LACUS Forum, No.2, pp.619-626.

"Syntactic Strata in Music," International Association for Semiotic Studies, Milan, 1974. In A Semiotic Landscape, Mouton, (1979).

Reviews and Other
Preface to Naomi Cummings, The Sonic Self.  Indiana University Press, sched. 2000.

"Why Read Deeley?" Preface to John Deely, "How does Semiosis Effect Renvoi?", Thomas A. Sebeok Fellowship Lecture, American Journal of Semiotics, XI 1-2:3-7 (1994).

Preface to Hatten, Musical Meaning in Beethoven, Indiana University Press, 1994.

"A Guidebook for Musical Semiotics," Review of Monelle, Linguistics and Semiotics in Musicology, Semiotic Review of Books. V.1:2-3, Jan., 1994.

"Homage a David Savan",  read to Canadian Semiotics Association, Ottawa, 1993.

"Cross Talk," Editorial review of Varela, Thompson and Rosch, The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience. Semiotic Review of Books, III 3:1-2, Sept. 1992.

"Timely Lessons from the Music Studio". Review of Jonathon Kramer, The Time of Music, in Semiotic Review of Books p3-4; I.3, 1990

"Nattiez's Semiotics of Music," Canadian Journal of Research in Semiotics, Vol.V, No.2, 1978, pp.13-54.
with Gaynor Jones, "A comparison of poeticity in two settings by Brahms of `Erlaube mir feins madchen,'" 1981. unpublished ms.

Review of Semiotics of Art, Prague School Contributions, Matejka and Titunik, eds., RACAR IV; 2, 1977, pp.117-18.

"Towards a Universal Musicology" Review of Nattiez, Music and Discourse, in Semiotic Review of Books.

with Helen Hall, "The Resonant Intervals Conference", Musicworks, No. 25

"Music and Consciousness" in "Semiotics as a Bridge between the Humanities and the Sciences,"  Semiotics Research Institute of Victoria College, the University of Toronto.

"Classification Structures in Macrobiotic Food Categories."  read to Canadian Semiotic Association, Charlottetown, June, 1992.