Cursed Questions: On Music and Its Social Practices

Cursed Questions: On Music and Its Social Practices

by Richard Taruskin

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Richard Taruskin’s sweeping collection of essays distills a half century of professional experience, demonstrating an unparalleled insider awareness of relevant debates in all areas of music studies, including historiography and criticism, representation and aesthetics, musical and professional politics, and the sociology of taste. Cursed Questions, invoking a famous catchphrase from Russian intellectual history, grapples with questions that are never finally answered but never go away. The writings gathered here form an intellectual biography that showcases the characteristic wit, provocation, and erudition that readers have come to expect from Taruskin, making it an essential volume for anyone interested in music, politics, and the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520344297
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 462,018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Taruskin is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of a dozen books, including the five-volume Oxford History of Western Music. He was awarded the Kyoto Prize in 2017.

Table of Contents

1. The History of What?
2. Did Somebody Say Censorship?
3. Haydn and the Enlightenment?
4. Is There a Baby in the Bathwater? On aesthetic autonomy
5. Shall We Change the Subject? A Music Historian Reflects
6. “Alte Musik” or “Early Music”? On pseudohistory
7. Nicht blutbefleckt?
8. What Else? On musical representation
9. Unanalyzable, Is It?
10. Essence or Context? On musical ontology
11. But Aren’t They All Invented? On tradition
12. Which Way Is Up? On the sociology of taste
13. A Walking Translation? On musicology east and west


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