Homonymous Terms in Musical and Philological Studies


The article is devoted to the comparison of terminology in music and literature. Despite the commonality of many terms, they often have different meanings, in other words, they are homonymous terms (E. G. Etkind). Such phenomena may arise because of the parallelism of the arts, and as a result of the interaction of the two humanities (musicology and philology), but also because of the analogies used by researchers trying to bring together music and literature.

Homonymy of terms can be manifested at the level of structure of musical and literary speech (motive, phrase, sentence, period, etc.); at the level of artistic techniques and means of expression (consonance and dissonance, rhyme, meter, rhythm, syntactic parallelism, etc.); at the level of types of musical (literary) speech (poetry and prose, polyphony, etc.); at the level of genres (poem, Novella, Elegy, fairy tale, sketch, impromptu, aphorisms, Madrigal, monologue etc.).

The article details the first two levels. The analysis shows both the commonality and sometimes radical difference between the two types of art (and, accordingly, the terminology used by researchers), which is associated with their specificity.



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