Susanne Langer (1895-1985) was an American philosopher of the twentieth century whose work can be seen as an extension of Ernst Cassirer's The Philosophy of Symbolic Farms (1923-1929). She is known for applying the scientific logic of symbolic forms as laid out by Cassirer, Whitehead, Russell, Boole, and others to create a coherent theory of art. She then developed her art theory into a unified philosophy of life from abiogenesis to the human experience of sentience and the cultures of behavior that produces.
This study introduces some of Langer's basic concepts and uses them to construct a theory of Sonata-Allegro form. This discussion is followed by a critical analysis of two of the author's own works with an eye towards exposing some of the compositional difficulties in producing Sonata-Allegro forms.
|Commitee:||Herman, Martin, Shockley, Alan|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Langer, Susanne, Marimba, Primary and secondary illusions, Sonata-Allegro form|
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