Quotation and Cultural Meaning in Twentieth-Century Music

Quotation and Cultural Meaning in Twentieth-Century Music

by David Metzer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521036585

ISBN-13: 9780521036580

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Musicians frequently incorporated portions of works by other musicians into their own compositions and performances throughout the twentieth century. This book examines how this practice of "quotation" affected cultural dialogues regarding race, childhood, madness and the mass media. When a musician borrows from a piece, he or she draws upon not only a melody but

Overview

Musicians frequently incorporated portions of works by other musicians into their own compositions and performances throughout the twentieth century. This book examines how this practice of "quotation" affected cultural dialogues regarding race, childhood, madness and the mass media. When a musician borrows from a piece, he or she draws upon not only a melody but also the cultural associations of the original piece. By working with and altering a melody, a musician also transforms those associations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036580
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Series, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Childhood and nostalgia in the works of Charles Ives; 2. Black and white: quotations in Duke Ellington's 'Black and Tan Fantasy'; Interlude: chronological scenes; 3. Madness; 4. The promise of the past: Rochberg, Berio and Stockhausen; 5. Sampling and thievery; 6. Covered up: borrowing in Sandra Bernhard's Without You I'm Nothing; Conclusion; Appendices; Select bibliography; Index.

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