The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body

The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body

by Richard Leppert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520203429

ISBN-13: 9780520203426

Pub. Date: 10/15/1995

Publisher: University of California Press

Richard Leppert boldly examines the social meanings of music as these have been shaped not only by hearing but also by seeing music in performance. His purview is the northern European bourgeoisie, principally in England and the Low Countries, from 1600 to 1900. And his particular interest is the relation of music to the human body. He argues that musical practices,…  See more details below

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Richard Leppert boldly examines the social meanings of music as these have been shaped not only by hearing but also by seeing music in performance. His purview is the northern European bourgeoisie, principally in England and the Low Countries, from 1600 to 1900. And his particular interest is the relation of music to the human body. He argues that musical practices, invariably linked to the body, are inseparable from the prevailing discourses of power, knowledge, identity, desire, and sexuality. With the support of 100 illustrations, Leppert addresses music and the production of racism, the hoarding of musical sound in a culture of scarcity, musical consumption and the policing of ger, the domestic piano and misogyny, music and male anxiety, and the social silencing of music. His unexpected yoking of musicology and art history, in particular his original insights into the relationships between music, visual representation, and the history of the body, make exciting reading for scholars, students, and all those interested in society and the arts.

Author Biography: Richard Leppert is Professor of Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society at the University of Minnesota. His most recent book is Music and Image: Domesticity, Ideology and Socio-Cultural Formation in Eighteenth-Century England (1989).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520203426
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/15/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Music, Representation, and the Scandal of the Body
1Music as a Sight in the Production of Musical Meaning1
2Desire, Power, and the Sonoric Landscape (Early Modernism and the Politics of Musical Privacy)15
3The Poetics of Anguish, Pleasure, and Prestige (Hoarding Sound in a Culture of Silence)43
4Social Order and the Domestic Consumption of Music (The Politics of Sound in the Policing of Gender Construction)63
5Music, Domesticity, and Cultural Imperialism91
6Sexual Identity, Death, and the Family Piano in the Nineteenth Century119
7The Piano, Misogyny, and "The Kreutzer Sonata"153
8Male Agony: Awakening Conscience189
9Aspiring to the Condition of Silence (The Iconicity of Music)213
Notes235
Works Cited287
Index307

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