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Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning : New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism - Daniel K. L. Chua

Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning

New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

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Published: 28th December 1999
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This book examines the intellectual history of instrumental music, in particular the idea of absolute music. It tries to show how certain ideas in philosophy, theology and the sciences affect the meaning and, indeed, the existence of instrumental music, and how, in turn, instrumental music is used to resolve or exemplify certain problems in modern culture. Instead of existing in a pure and autonomous form, music is woven back into the epistemological fabric and entangled with numerous discourses, thus demonstrating the centrality of music in the construction of meaning.

'... has been explored by other writers before Chua, but he gives it an extra twist by setting it in the larger and longer story of Western civilisation's 'disenchantment'.' BBC Music Magazine

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
On the preface
The Garden of Eden
On history
On modernity
On disenchantment
On division
On opera
On machines
On space
On style
The Fruit of Knowledge
On being
On the mind
On biology
On the body
On the soul
On morality
On women
On masculinity
On independence
On heroes
On politics
On nothing
On God
On infinity
On self-deification
On invisibility
On conscious life-forms
On artificiality
The Tower of Babel
On death
On absolute music
On the beautiful and the sublime
On monuments
On the apocalypse
On the end
On suicide
On absolute drivel
On Babel
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521631815
ISBN-10: 0521631815
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 28th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65