Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening / Edition 1

Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening / Edition 1

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by Christopher Small
     
 

Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is not a thing, but rather an activity. This new work outlines a theory of what Small terms "musicking," a verb that encompasses all musical activity from composing to performing to listening to a Walkman to… See more details below

Overview

Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is not a thing, but rather an activity. This new work outlines a theory of what Small terms "musicking," a verb that encompasses all musical activity from composing to performing to listening to a Walkman to singing in the shower. Using Gregory Bateson's philosophy of mind and a Geertzian thick description of a typical concert in a typical symphony hall, Small demonstrates how musicking forms a ritual through which all the participants explore and celebrate the relationships that constitute their social identity. This trip through the concert hall will have readers rethinking every aspect of their musical worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819522573
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
07/31/1998
Series:
Music Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
336,549
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude: Music and Musicking
A Place for Hearingü A Thoroughly Contemporary Affair
Sharing With Strangers. Interlude I: A Separate World
A Humble Bow
Summing Up the Dead Composer. Interlude 2: The Mother of All the Arts
Score and Paris
Harmony, Heavenly Harmony. Interlude 3: Socially constructed Meanings
An Art of the Theater
A Drama of Relationships
A Vision of Order
What’s Really Going On Here?
A Solitary Flute Player. Postlude: Was It a Good Performance and How Do You Know?

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