Musicking The Meanings of Performing and Listening

ISBN-10: 0819522570
ISBN-13: 9780819522573
Edition: 1998
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Description: Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is not a thing, but rather an activity. In this new book, Small outlines a theory of what  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 7/31/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968

Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is not a thing, but rather an activity. In this new book, Small outlines a theory of what he terms "musicking," a verb that encompasses all musical activity from composing to performing to listening to a Walkman to singing in the shower. Using Gregory Bateson's philosophy of mind and a Geertzian thick description of a typical concert in a typical symphony hall, Small demonstrates how musicking forms a ritual through which all the participants explore and celebrate the relationships that constitute their social identity. This engaging and deftly written trip through the concert hall will have readers rethinking every aspect of their musical worlds.

Prelude: Music and Musicking
A Place for Hearingue A Thoroughly Contemporary Affair
Sharing With Strangers. Interlude I: A Separate World
A Humble Bow
Summing Up the Dead Composer. Interlude 2: The Mother of All the Arts
Score and Paris
Harmony, Heavenly Harmony. Interlude 3: Socially constructed Meanings
An Art of the Theater
A Drama of Relationships
A Vision of Order
What's Really Going On Here?
A Solitary Flute Player. Postlude: Was It a Good Performance and How Do You Know?

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