The Factor of Spatiality and its Meaning for the Visual Interpretation of Music (on the Example of Two Melodramas in Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire)

Keywords: figurative interpretation of the musical text, spatial-temporal universals, the parameters of musical texture, the musical chronotope, perceptive space, visual versions of music, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire


The article examines the category of space in the aspect of its manifestations in the art of music and the comprehension of its specific features by researchers. A correlation is brought out between the phenomenon of spatial figurativeness, which appears during music perception and analysis, which is essentially close to the nature of synesthesia, and the corresponding visual images that are realized in contemporary solutions related to musical performance and production. The attempt is made to establish the objective foundations of “re-expressing” music in the language of the spatial-temporal visual arts.

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