Conventional Wisdom: The Content of Musical Form / Edition 1

Conventional Wisdom: The Content of Musical Form / Edition 1

by Susan McClary
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520232089

ISBN-13: 9780520232082

Pub. Date: 09/27/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

With her usual combination of erudition, innovation, and spirited prose, Susan McClary reexamines the concept of musical convention in this fast-moving and refreshingly accessible book. Exploring the ways that shared musical practices transmit social knowledge, Conventional Wisdom offers an account of our own cultural moment in terms of two dominant

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With her usual combination of erudition, innovation, and spirited prose, Susan McClary reexamines the concept of musical convention in this fast-moving and refreshingly accessible book. Exploring the ways that shared musical practices transmit social knowledge, Conventional Wisdom offers an account of our own cultural moment in terms of two dominant traditions: tonality and blues.McClary looks at musical history from new and unexpected angles and moves easily across a broad range of repertoires--the blues, eighteenth-century tonal music, late Beethoven, and rap. As one of the most influential trailblazers in contemporary musical understanding, McClary once again moves beyond the borders of the "purely musical" into the larger world of history and society, and beyond the idea of a socially stratified core canon toward a musical pluralism. Those who know McClary only as a feminist writer will discover her many other sides, but not at the expense of gender issues, which are smoothly integrated into the general argument. In considering the need for a different way of telling the story of Western music, Conventional Wisdom bravely tackles big issues concerning classical, popular, and postmodern repertoires and their relations to the broader musical worlds that create and enjoy them.

About the Author:

Susan McClary is Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality (1991) and Georges Bizet: Carmen (1992).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232082
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/27/2001
Series:
Ernest Bloch Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

PrefaceIX
1.Turtles All the Way Down (On the "Purely Musical")1
2.Thinking Blues32
3.What Was Tonality?63
4.The Refuge of Counterconvention109
5.Reveling in the Rubble: The Postmodern Condition139
Notes171
Index197

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