The seldom-boring Peter Leithart did not write an entire review of Daniel Albright’s Panaesthetics, but he culled a familiar theme from a very few pages of it. We intuit the meanings of physical gestures; we also intuit the meanings of musical gestures. A sample, with a page number corresponding to Albright’s work:
The analogy with “musical gestures” is quite direct: “The mere physiological tension involved in making very loud and rapid strokes with a bow or in hitting a very high note with a trumpet entails a certain urgency, and will tend to specify a certain range of meanings – arousal, agitation, assertion, and so forth. The opposite meanings tend to cluster around gestures produced with little effort” (155).
Albright’s book deserves further consideration.