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Musical Meaning

Toward a Critical History
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ISBN-13:
9780520928329
Seiten:
344
Autor:
Lawrence Kramer
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

How have romantic narratives involving Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata affected how we hear this famous piece? How does John Coltrane's African American identity affect the way we hear him perform a relatively "white" pop standard like "My Favorite Things"? Why does music requiring great virtuosity have different cultural meanings than music that is not particularly virtuosic? From classical to jazz, pop and film music,
Musical Meaning uncovers the historical importance of asking about meaning in the lived experience of musical works, styles, and performances. Kramer demonstrates that thinking about music can become a vital means of thinking about general questions of meaning, subjectivity, and value. Lawrence Kramer has been a pivotal figure in the development new resources for understanding music and this accessible and eloquently written book deepens the trajectory of his thinking, boldly arguing that humanistic, not just technical, meaning is a basic force in music history and an indispensable factor in how, where, and when music is heard. First published in 2001,
Musical Meaning anticipates many of the musicological topics of today, including race, performance, embodiment, and media. In addition, Kramer explores music itself as a source of understanding via his composition
Revenants, revised for this edition and available on the UC Press website.
How have romantic narratives involving Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata affected how we hear this famous piece? How does John Coltrane's African American identity affect the way we hear him perform a relatively "white" pop standard like "My Favorite Things"? Why does music requiring great virtuosity have different cultural meanings than music that is not particularly virtuosic? From classical to jazz, pop and film music, Musical Meaning uncovers the historical importance of asking about meaning in the lived experience of musical works, styles, and performances. Kramer demonstrates that thinking about music can become a vital means of thinking about general questions of meaning, subjectivity, and value. Lawrence Kramer has been a pivotal figure in the development new resources for understanding music and this accessible and eloquently written book deepens the trajectory of his thinking, boldly arguing that humanistic, not just technical, meaning is a basic force in music history and an indispensable factor in how, where, and when music is heard. First published in 2001,
Musical Meaning anticipates many of the musicological topics of today, including race, performance, embodiment, and media. In addition, Kramer explores music itself as a source of understanding via his composition
Revenants, revised for this edition and available on the UC Press website.
Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Sounding Out: Musical Meaning and Modern Experience



1. Hermeneutics and Musical History: A Primer without Rules, an Exercise with Schubert

2. Hands On, Lights Off: The "Moonlight" Sonata and the Birth of Sex at the Piano

3. Beyond Words and Music: An Essay on Songfulness

4. Franz Liszt and the Virtuoso Public Sphere: Sight and Sound in the Rise of Mass Entertainment

5. Rethinking Schumann's Carnaval: Identity, Meaning, and the Social Order

6. Glottis Envy: The Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera

7. Hercules's Hautboys: Mixed Media and Musical Meaning

8. The Voice of Persephone: Musical Meaning and Mixed Media

9. Powers of Blackness: Jazz and the Blues in Modern Concert Music

10. Long Ride in a Slow Machine: The Alienation Effect from Weill to Shostakovich

11. Chiaroscuro: Coltrane's American Songbook

12. Ghost Stories: Cultural Memory, Mourning, and the Myth of Originality



Notes

Index



Author's Note on the CD:

ucpress.edu/books/pages/9293/9293.cdabs.php