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Disciplining Music: Musicology and Its Canons
     

Disciplining Music: Musicology and Its Canons

by Katherine Bergeron
 

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Provocative and timely, Disciplining Music confronts a topic that has sparked considerable debate in recent years: how do musicians and music scholars "discipline" music in their efforts to confer order and meaning on it? This collection of essays addresses this issue by formulating questions about music's canons--rules that measure and order, negotiate

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Provocative and timely, Disciplining Music confronts a topic that has sparked considerable debate in recent years: how do musicians and music scholars "discipline" music in their efforts to confer order and meaning on it? This collection of essays addresses this issue by formulating questions about music's canons--rules that measure and order, negotiate cultural constraints, reconstruct the past, and shape the future. Written by scholars representing the fields of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, many of the essays tug and push at the very boundaries of these traditional division within the study of music.

"Fortunately, in a blaze of good-humored . . . scholarship, [this] book helps brains unaccustomed to thinking about the future without jeopardizing the past image the wonder classical-music life might become if it embraced all people and all musics." --Laurence Vittes, Los Angeles Reader

"These essays will force us to rethink our position on many issues. . . [and] advance musicology into the twenty-first century." --Giulio Ongaro, American Music Teacher

With essays by Katherine Bergeron, Philip V. Bohlman, Richard Cohn and Douglas Dempster, Philip Gossett, Robert P. Morgan, Bruno Nettl, Don Michael Randel, Ruth A. Solie, and Gary Tomlinson.

Katherine Bergeron is assistant professor of music at Tufts University. Philip V. Bohlman is assistant professor of music at the University of Chicago. He is co-editor (with Bruno Nettl) of Comparative Musicology and Anthropology of Music: Essays on the History of Ethnomusicology and of the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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A collection of 11 essays from a February 1986 conference at Cornell University and the 1987 meeting of the American Musicology Society, in which music historians and theorists and ethnomusicologists explore how rules and canons are employed to make music conform to, and represent, social realities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226043708
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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