Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge by Lawrence Kramer

Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge by Lawrence Kramer

By Lawrence Kramer

A major cultural theorist and musicologist opens up new chances for realizing mainstream Western artwork music—the "classical" tune composed among the eighteenth and early 20th centuries that's, for lots of, wasting either its status and its allure. while this song is looked esoterically, faraway from real-world pursuits, it more and more sounds extra evasive than transcendent. Now Lawrence Kramer exhibits how classical song can tackle new that means and new existence while approached from postmodernist standpoints.

Kramer attracts out the musical implications of latest efforts to appreciate cause, language, and subjectivity relating to concrete human actions instead of to common ideas. Extending the rethinking of musical expression started in his past Music as Cultural Practice, he regards song not just as an item that invitations aesthetic reception but in addition as an task that vitally shapes the private, social, and cultural identities of its listeners.

In language available to nonspecialists yet informative to experts, Kramer presents an unique account of the postmodernist ethos, explains its courting to track, and explores that dating in a sequence of case experiences starting from Haydn and Mendelssohn to Ives and Ravel.

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Forsterignores or disparages such encounters as if they were impediments to exclusive identification with the musical subject as all-conquering virile youth. One result may be to put a queer spin on the figure of the conquering hero consistent, if not identical, with Beethoven's own idealization of it. " Like its sexual counterpart in Forster, Ice-T's racial position tethers him to a masculinity that is continually policed, both literally and figuratively. The result in "Cop Killer" is a hailof bullets, the expressive vehicle of a hypermasculine subject who has virtually become an automaton, the youthful conqueror as killing machine.

Previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 Two From the Other to the Abject: Music As Cultural Trope Assume for the moment that my first chapter has told the right story. The loose ensemble of contemporary efforts to understand reason, language, and subjectivity in relation to concrete human activities rather than to universal principles has sparked a classical paradigm shift in musicology. 1 Formalism and positivism, although far from dead, are no longer hegemonic; music, particularly classical music, is increasingly interpreted, not only as an object that invites aesthetic reception, but also as an activity that vitally shapes the personal, social, and cultural identities of its listeners.

5 When music historiography constructs these, or parallel, oppositions, it produces an other within a field of musical practice in order to clear a space within that same field for the self. The same thing can be said to happen when musical compositions unfold through the opposition of stable to unstable or recurrent to nonrecurrent features. " 6 But matters do not end here. The logic of alterity operates not only internally, within a musical terrain, but also externally, upon music as a whole.

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