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

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

by Richard Leppert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521327806

ISBN-13: 9780521327800

Pub. Date: 08/06/1987

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521327800
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/06/1987
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvii
List of contributorsix
Introductionxi
Acknowledgmentsxx
Foreword: The ideology of autonomous art1
The blasphemy of talking politics during Bach Year13
Music, domestic life and cultural chauvinism: images of British subjects at home in India63
On grounding Chopin105
Towards an aesthetic of popular music133
Music and male hegemony151
The sound of music in the era of its electronic reproducibility173
Index198

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