The 20th century left behind an astonishing number of music theory treatises, analytical theories and compositional practices that use a large set of newly-coined special terms. They often migrated together with their smiths introducing new concepts to different language communities. The terms and their respective concepts developed and changed in new contexts, gradually diverging from their initial contents, influenced by local analytical traditions, terminologies as well as compositional practices. Migrating composers and analysts were often compelled to express their ideas in a non-native language, which not only challenged their expressive potential, but also modified their conceptualization of music. A contemporary music scholar has to deal with a diversity of semantic variation within his field. The aim of the research is to show variation in terminology usage based upon a specialized corpus of 20th century music analysis literature in various European languages. The main frameworks of the research are the prevailing standards used in contemporary terminological databases to determine evaluation and translation criteria for musical terms under consideration. The terms are extracted from the specialized 20th century corpora consisting of various musicological referential publications, music analysis treatises, textbooks and compositional theories. The epistemological fields to be considered are music theory and analysis, as well as contrastive linguistics and sociolinguistics. The research is a part of a larger terminology standardization project (www.conmusterm.eu) aimed to developing a multilingual terminological database.
Sanja Kiš Žuvela is an assistant professor of systematic musicology at the University of Zagreb, Music Academy, Department of Musicology. Born in Zagreb, she graduated from her hometown university with an MA Degree in Music Theory and an MSc Degree in Musicology. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of Split. Her principal research interests include 20th century music, relationship between music and visual arts and problems of contemporary musical terminology. She is the author of various analytical texts which include a book, The Golden Section and the Fibonacci Sequence in 20th Century Music (Zagreb 2011).
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