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Absolute music and the construction of meaning [electronic resource] /
Daniel K.L. Chua.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
description
xii, 314 p. : ill. : 23 cm.
ISBN
0521631815 (hb)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
isbn
0521631815 (hb)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
7821435
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
"This is a book that should inspire enthusiasm for extramusical approaches to absolute music." Notes
"With some confidence, one can say that this book bears the marks of scholar of great force and personality whose best work lies in the future." Catholic Library World
"Wonderful...remarkable...This review cannot hope to indicate the richness of insight on any given page of this book, the wealth of surefooted detail with which Fisk weaves each piece into his story." 19th Century Music
'... 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
‘… 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
'... 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
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Summaries
Main Description
This book is born out of two contradictions: first, it explores the making of meaning in a musical form that was made to lose its meaning at the turn of the nineteenth century; secondly, it is a history of a music that claims to have no history - absolute music. The book therefore writes against that notion of absolute music which tends to be the paradigm for most musicological and analytical studies. It is concerned not so much with what music is, but with why and how meaning is constructed in instrumental music and what structures of knowledge need to be in place for such meaning to exist. From the thought of Vincenzo Galilei to that of Theodore Adorno, Daniel Chua suggests that instrumental music has always been a critical and negative force in modernity, even with its nineteenth-century apotheosis as 'absolute music'.
Description for Library
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.
Description for Bookstore
This book examines the intellectual history of instrumental music, particularly the idea of absolute music. It shows how certain ideas in philosophy, theology and the sciences affect the meaning of instrumental music, and how instrumental music in turn permeates human discourse and helps construct meaning.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work is born out of two contraditions: first, it explores the making of meaning in a musical form that was made to lose its meaning at the turn of the 19th century; secondly, it is a history of music that claims to have no history.
Table of Contents
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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