Eero Tarasti

Eero Tarasti

Eero Tarasti (born Helsinki, September 27, 1948) is a Finnish musicologist and semiotician, currently serving as Professor of Musicology at the University of Helsinki.

After receiving his Ph.D. degree at the University of Helsinki in 1978, Tarasti served a while at the University of Jyväskylä, appointed as Professor of arts education in 1979-1983 and professor of musicology in 1983-1984. In 1984 he attained position as professor of Musicology in Helsinki. Tarasti has held several posts as Director or President in semiotic and musical societies and has written and edited numerous books with a semiotical approach on music since the 1970s. He is the President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (since 2004).


* Myth and Music. A Semiotic Approach to the Aesthetics of Myth in Music, especially that of Wagner, Sibelius and Stravinsky (1979)
* Semiotics of Music (ed.) (1987)
* Heroes of Music (1988)
* La musique comme langage I-II (ed.) (1987-88)
* Center and Periphery (ed.) (1990)
* Introduction to Semiotics (1990)
* Sémiologie et pratiques esthetiques (ed.) (1991)
* Semiotics of Finland (ed.) (1991)
* On the Borderlines of Semiosis (ed.) (1992)
* The Dream and Exaltation of Romanticism (1992)
* A Theory of Musical Semiotics (1994)
* Musical Signification (ed.) (1995)
* Examples (1996)
* Heitor Villa-Lobos (1996)
* La sémiotique musicale (1996)
* Musical Semiotics in Growth (ed.) (1996)
* Semiotics of Music (ed.)
* Musical Signification: Between Rhetoric and Pragmatics (ed.) (1998)
* Snow, Forest, Silence. The Finnish Tradition of Semiotics (ed.) (1998)
* The Correspondence (of the School Years and Years of Formation) between E.T. and Hannu Riikonen 1961-76 (1998)
* Existential Semiotics (2000)
* Le secret du professeur Amfortas (2000)
* Signs of Music (2002)
* The Realities of Music. An Encyclopedia (2003)
* Values and Signs (2004)

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