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Boulez, Music and Philosophy : Music in the Twentieth Century - Edward Campbell

Boulez, Music and Philosophy

Music in the Twentieth Century


Published: 1st October 2010
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While acknowledging that Pierre Boulez is not a philosopher, and that he is wary of the potential misuse of philosophy with regard to music, this study investigates a series of philosophically charged terms and concepts which he uses in discussion of his music. Campbell examines significant encounters which link Boulez to the work of a number of important philosophers and thinkers, including Adorno, Levi-Strauss, Eco and Deleuze. Relating Boulez's music and ideas to broader currents of thought, the book illuminates a number of affinities linking music and philosophy, and also literature and visual art. These connections facilitate enhanced understanding of post-war modernist music and Boulez's distinctive approach to composition. Drawing on a wide range of previously unpublished documentary sources and providing musical analysis of a number of key scores, the book traces the changing musical, philosophical and intellectual currents which inform Boulez's work.

List of figuresp. x
List of music examplesp. xi
List of tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Abbreviationsp. xvi
Preparing the groundp. 1
Early influences and movementsp. 10
Dialectic, negation and binary oppositionsp. 37
Boulez, Adorno and serial critiquep. 68
Deduction and the scientific modelp. 97
Serialism and structuralismp. 112
Post-structuralist encountersp. 138
Boulez, difference and repetitionp. 154
Expanding the virtualp. 193
Continuity and discontinuity of space and timep. 219
In conclusionp. 253
Referencesp. 258
Indexp. 274
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ISBN: 9780521862424
ISBN-10: 0521862426
Series: Music in the Twentieth Century
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1