Contemplating Music Challenges to Musicology

ISBN-10: 0674166787

ISBN-13: 9780674166783

Edition: 1985

Authors: Joseph Kerman
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Description: Contemplating Music is a book for all serious music lovers. Here is the first full-scale of ideas and ideologies in music over the past forty years; a period during which virtually every aspect of music was transformed. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history. He treats not only the study of the history of Western art music--with which musicology is tradtionally equated--but also sometimes vexed relations between music history and other fields: music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, and music criticism. Kerman sees and applauds a change in the study of music towarda critical orientation, As examples, he presents a fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the 1950's and Beethoven studies in the 1960's. He sketched the work of prominent scholars and theorists: Thurston Dart, Charles Rosen, Leonard B. Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Miltion Babbit, and many others. And he comments on such various subjects as the amazing absorption of Stephen Foster's songs into the cannons of "black" music, the new intensity of Verdi research, controversies about performance on historical instruments, and the merits and demerits of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Comtemplating Music is fulled with wisdom and trenchant commmentary. It will spark controversy among musicologists of all stripes and will give many musicians and amateurs an entirely new perspective on the world of music.

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Book details

List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.26" wide x 8.98" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Joseph Kerman (born 1924) is a writer on music and a musicologist. He is a professor emeritus at University of California, Berkeley. His many works include The Elizabethan Madrigal (1962), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), The Kafka Sketchbook (1970), The Masses and Motets of William Byrd (1980), The New Grove Beethoven (1983, with Alan Tyson), Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology (1985), Opera as Drama (1988), Write All These Down (1994), Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008), and many more.

Introduction
Musicology and Positivism: the Postwar Years
Analysis, Theory, and New Music
Musicology and Criticism
Ethnomusicology and ""Cultural Musicology""
The Historical Performance Movement
Coda Notes Main Works Cited
Index
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