moon chunks: creating musical meanings


  • Sara Carvalho Universidade de Aveiro / INET-md | Portugal


In literature studies several authors have been researching on how text (verbal) and image (visual) can relate to each other, and words like "synergy" and "imagetext" have been used in the attempt to describe the narrative discourse, which so often appear in picture storybooks. In musical research, narrative deals with several questions linked either to musical: perception, reception, composition or performance. The starting point of this investigation was Wie schmeckt der Mond? by Michael Grejniec, a children's picture book. This paper explores the way the book was written and illustrated, and how a new music orchestral piece moon chunks was composed. By focusing on specific compositional ideas, the piece was shaped to highlight different aims, and the musical narrative was used in a plural musical-verbal-visual interaction, in order that the new music language would better communicate with the younger audience. Conclusions were drawn from the analysis of the composer's own artistic practice and 8 interviews held with random children in the audience.


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Biografia do Autor

Sara Carvalho, Universidade de Aveiro / INET-md | Portugal

Sara Carvalho is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Arts of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is a fellow researcher of INET-MD, and her research interests centre on the fields of composition and music education. As a composer Sara is interested in the interaction of different Performing Arts, as an extension and transformation of musical thinking, and all aspects associated with gesture, musical narrative and performer-composer collaboration. Several of her pieces are available on CD. In 2012 Numérica edited her first monographic CD "7 pomegranate seeds". Many of her scores are published by the Portuguese Music Information & Investigation Centre. Her research work is presented at national and international conferences, and is published in different journals and book chapters, such as ASHGATE/SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music Series and London: Imperial College Press. For more information please visit E-mail:


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Carvalho, S. (2017). moon chunks: creating musical meanings. Revista Vórtex, 5(2). Recuperado de