Metamusic: Music Representing Music

A concert waltz is a waltz. But it is not a waltz for dancing. So is it still a waltz? It is a waltz that waltzes. It is a representation of a waltz, music that represents music, and an instance of what you might call ‘metamusic’.

00:00 Intro
00:55 The Self-Waltzing Waltz
01:40 ‘Meta’
03:18 Music Representing Music
06:43 No Longer Functional Music
08:30 Waltz and Metawaltz
11:07 Weber: Aufforderung zum Tanz
13:46 Schumann: Papillons
18:31 Limits of ‘meta’
19:52 Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
22:15 Music Representing Music Remembered
26:44 An Accumulated Past

Music excerpts:

00:37 F. Chopin, Grande valse brillante op. 18
04:13 L. van Beethoven, Sonate in d op. 31 nr. 2, Largo – Allegro
06:25 F. Chopin, Sonata in B-flat Minor Op. 35, Marche funèbre
07:33 Funerary Procession of Margaret Thatcher
09:55 F. Schubert, Valses nobles op. 77 D969 no. 10
10:31 F. Liszt, Soirées de Vienne No. 6
11:51 C.M. von Weber, Aufforderung zum Tanz op. 65
14:06, 16:05 R. Schumann, Papillons op. 2
17:45 C. M. von Weber: Der Freischütz (Berliner Philharmoniker, Harnoncourt) Teldec 4509-97758-2
21:21, 22:43 M. Ravel, Valses nobles et sentimentales
25:50 F. Liszt, Soirees de Vienne No. 6

Additional commentary and references: Lodewijk Muns, On ‘Metamusic’.