Music and Society: The Politics of Composition, Performance and Reception

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Overview

This provocative volume of essays is now available in paperback. The contributors to this volume -- musicologists, sociologists, cultural theorists -- all challenge the view that music occupies an autonomous aesthetic sphere.

Recently, socially and politically grounded enterprises such as feminism, semiotics and deconstruction have effected a major transformation in the ways in which the arts and humanities are studied, leading in turn to a systematic investigation of the implicit assumptions underlying the critical methods of the last two hundred years. Influenced by these approaches, the writers here question a prevailing ideology that insists there is a division between music and society and examine the ways in which the two do in fact interact and mediate one another within and across socio-cultural boundaries.

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"This is an important book, crowded...with new ideas and arguments that challenge many of our assumptions." The Musical Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521327800
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/1987
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii
List of contributors ix
Introduction xi
Acknowledgments xx
Foreword: The ideology of autonomous art 1
The blasphemy of talking politics during Bach Year 13
Music, domestic life and cultural chauvinism: images of British subjects at home in India 63
On grounding Chopin 105
Towards an aesthetic of popular music 133
Music and male hegemony 151
The sound of music in the era of its electronic reproducibility 173
Index 198
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