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John Corigliano's “Symphony No. 1” as a communicative medium for the AIDS crisis
Communication Studies (1993)
  • Deanna D. Sellnow
  • Timothy L. Sellnow
Abstract
This study examines the communicative potential of music void of lyrical content. Specifically, John Corigliano's Grammy award winning “Symphony No. 1” is analyzed to explicate its communicative value for the AIDS crisis. This essay contends that music void of lyrical content can serve as, or contribute to, an argument by functioning as a form of enthymeme. Based on this study, musical works can communicate nondiscursively as enthymemes when they are associated with a previously articulated premise, when they serve to embellish that message with emotional expression, and when they are delivered to a sympathetic audience.
Keywords
  • John Corigliano,
  • enthymeme
Disciplines
Publication Date
1993
Citation Information
Deanna D. Sellnow and Timothy L. Sellnow. "John Corigliano's “Symphony No. 1” as a communicative medium for the AIDS crisis" Communication Studies Vol. 44 Iss. 2 (1993)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tim_sellnow/19/