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Perspectives on Musical Aesthetics - John Rahn

Perspectives on Musical Aesthetics

By: John Rahn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st March 1995
ISBN: 9780393965087
Number Of Pages: 400

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In this volume, editor John Rahn has assembled a fascinating collection of essays that focus on creating, performing, and thinking about music in today's world. The essays, drawn from the journal Perspectives of New Music, reflect a wide variety of artistic viewpoints and the latest critical perspectives - all from the creative point of view. Featured writers include composers Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Milton Babbitt, Benjamin Boretz, and J. K. Randall, as well as literary scholars Douglas Collins and Arthur Nestrovski, anthropologist Eric Gans, philosopher Michel Foucault, and poet Delmore Schwartz. The first section, "Aesthetic Theory, " critiques recent theoretical speculation about music's origins and function by such thinkers as Theodor Adorno and Rene Girard. In the sections that follow, the authors contemplate the changing relations between music and society, the effects that today's often conflicting aesthetic notions have on serious composition, the close relation between music and other forms of communicative behavior (including other art forms), and music as part of a larger consciousness. Taken together, the essays suggest a new working aesthetic that champions a synthesis between individual impulse and collective responsibility and aims to ensure that the artistic tradition remains alive in Western culture.

Introduction: The Aesthetics of Perspectivesp. 1
Aesthetic Theoryp. 5
Ritual Sacrifice and the Political Economy of Musicp. 9
Language for One, Language for All: Adorno and Modernismp. 21
Art and Entertainmentp. 40
What Is Valuable in Art, and Can Music Still Achieve It?p. 54
The Beginning and End of Esthetic Formp. 66
Contemporary Music and the Publicp. 81
Contemporary Music and the Publicp. 83
Are You Serious?p. 90
Recent Ideas and Activities of James K. Randall and Benjamin Boretz: A New Social Role for Musicp. 107
Interface I-V: Texts and Commentaries on Music and Lifep. 116
Commentary: The Barrytown Orchestra on Hunger Day, November 15, 1984p. 116
Thoughts in Reply to Boulez/Foucault: "Contemporary Music and the Public"p. 121
Relevance. Liberationp. 125
On Thinking about Various Issues Induced by the Problem of Discovering That One Is Not a 'Composer', and That the Space Which One Inhabits Musically Is Not 'America'p. 129
The Inner Studio (Strategies for Retrieving Reality in Music Experience and Practice)p. 134
On Being A Composerp. 143
On Having Been and Still Being an American Composerp. 145
Tokyo Lecture and Three Mesosticsp. 152
Creativityp. 158
Composing Musicp. 165
Environment, Consciousness, And Magicp. 175
Speculations: On the Evolutionary Continuity of Music and Animal Communication Behaviorp. 177
Four Textsp. 194
On the Role of Affect in Artificial Intelligence and Musicp. 204
Environment, Consciousness, and Magic: An Interview with David Dunnp. 234
Music And Literaturep. 247
Joyce's Critique of Musicp. 249
Symposium: The Nature of Musicp. 291
Music and Emotionp. 293
Poetry as Imitationp. 297
Music as Imitationp. 302
For a Friendp. 313
LAp. 316
The Survival Of Aestheticsp. 331
The Survival of Aesthetics: Books by Boulez, part of subtitle DeLio, Rochbergp. 333
Response to Blausteinp. 365
Open Structure and the Problem of Criticism: Reflections on DeLio's Circumscribing the Open Universep. 373
About the Authorsp. 379
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ISBN: 9780393965087
ISBN-10: 0393965082
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 1995
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.29  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.54

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