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Musicking The Meanings of Performing and Listening

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ISBN-10: 0819522570

ISBN-13: 9780819522573

Edition: 1998

Authors: Christopher Small

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 7/31/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.05" wide x 9.00" long x 0.68" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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?