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Metaphors of Embodiment in Musical Gesture

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This paper examines the relation among embodiment, gesture, and landscape in the work of New Mexico composer Michael Mauldin, particularly in his string quartet A’tsi’na: Place of Writings on the Rock. I draw upon Mark Johnson’s work on the bodily grounding of musical meaning and Dewey’s aesthetics of experience to frame Mauldin’s use of gestural metaphors in a philosophical context that provides a nuanced account of how embodied experience of and within a landscape might find musical expression.


Felicia Kruse    
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
United States


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