The Hallelujah Effect: Philosophical Reflections on Music, by Babette Babich

By Babette Babich

This e-book reports the operating efficacy of Leonard Cohen's track Hallelujah within the context of modern community tradition. specifically as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embrace acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. this day, the operating of song is magnified and reworked via recording dynamics and mediated through fb exchanges, weblog postings and video websites. Given the sexual/religious center of Cohen's Halleluja, this examine poses a phenomenological interpreting of the objectification of either women and men, elevating the query of hope, together with gender concerns and either gay and heterosexual hope. A evaluation of serious wondering musical functionality as 'currency' and fed on commodity takes up Adorno's analyzing of Benjamin's research of the murals within the age of mechanical replica as utilized to music/radio/sound and the continual function of 'recording consciousness'. eventually, the query of what Nietzsche referred to as the becoming-human-of-dissonance is explored by way of either historic tragedy and Beethoven's impressive deployment of dissonance as Nietzsche analyses either as fidgeting with agony, discontent, and soreness itself, a taking part in for the sake no longer of language or feel yet musically, as pleasure.

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Italian opera by David R B Kimbell

By David R B Kimbell

Italy used to be the birthplace of opera. during this authoritative and obtainable account of Italian opera, David Kimbell introduces those that, over 300 years, created not just a countrywide culture however the significant culture from which others have drawn their proposal. He lines the historical past of Italian opera from its origins within the humanism of the Renaissance to Puccini within the early 20th century, drawing cognizance not just to musical matters but additionally to the social, literary, and philosophical rules that experience formed glossy Italian civilization

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Chopin Through His Contemporaries: Friends, Lovers, and by Pierre Azoury

By Pierre Azoury

Twin natures comprised Chopin's character. On one hand, he was once a hugely inventive romantic idealist and at the different, a realist attempting to focus on the realm at huge. Documentary facts illustrates the disparities in his character as a mirrored image of those diversified facets of his psyche. Of specified curiosity are 5 formerly unpublished letters in English and the unfolding of Chopin's arguable relationships with Tytus Woyciechowski, Julian Fontana, George Sand, and Solange Sand. This severe portrayal of Chopin's character lines his trips and reports from Warsaw to Paris and divulges, between different features and characteristics, Chopin's developmental difficulties in the course of his formative years, his unattractive habit in his dating with Julian Fontana, and George Sand's unrequited love for Chopin. The tradition of the time and the ambience surrounding Chopin's relationships emerge within the distinct facts provided. The booklet is split into elements. the 1st is correct to Chopin's early life in Warsaw. His courting with Tytus Woyciechowski through the adolescence in Warsaw considerably impacted Chopin's emotional improvement. the second one a part of the booklet specializes in Chopin's grownup years in Paris together with his liaison with George Sand, that is thought of via her daughter, Solange, and 4 buddies and associates universal to either Sand and Chopin. The textual content is greatly annotated and this learn of Chopin's existence and character will attract either the Chopin student and fanatic. it is going to even be of curiosity to scholars of French Romantic literature, Romantic tune, and varnish tune of the 19th century.

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Listening to Reason: Culture, Subjectivity, and by Michael P. Steinberg

By Michael P. Steinberg

This pathbreaking paintings finds the pivotal function of music--musical works and musical culture--in debates approximately society, self, and tradition that cast eu modernity during the "long 19th century." Michael Steinberg argues that, from the overdue 1700s to the early 1900s, song not just mirrored but in addition embodied smooth subjectivity because it more and more engaged and criticized outdated regimes of energy, trust, and illustration. His purview levels from Mozart to Mahler, and from the sacred to the secular, together with opera in addition to symphonic and solo instrumental music.

Defining subjectivity because the event instead of the placement of the "I," Steinberg argues that music's embodiment of subjectivity concerned its obvious ability to "listen" to itself, its earlier, its wants. Nineteenth-century tune, particularly track from a north German Protestant sphere, encouraged introspection in a fashion that the tune and artwork of past classes, particularly the Catholic baroque with its emphasis at the visible, did not.

The ebook analyzes musical subjectivity at the beginning from Mozart via Mendelssohn, then seeks it, in its significant bankruptcy, in these elements of Wagner that contradict his personal ideological imperialism, earlier than ultimately uncovering its survival within the post-Wagnerian restoration from musical and different ideologies.

Engagingly written but theoretically subtle, Listening to Reason represents a startlingly unique corrective to cultural history's long-standing inhibition to have interaction with tune whereas featuring a robust replacement imaginative and prescient of the modern.

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Sounding the Virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the Theory and by Nick Nesbitt, Brian Hulse

By Nick Nesbitt, Brian Hulse

It's the competition of the editors and participants of this quantity that the paintings conducted via Gilles Deleuze, the place conscientiously utilized, has the aptitude to chop via a lot of the highbrow sedimentation that has settled within the fields of track stories. Deleuze is a full of life critic of the Western highbrow culture, calling for a 'philosophy of difference', and, regardless of its objectives, he's confident that Western philosophy fails to really seize (or imagine) distinction as such. it really is argued that longstanding equipment of conceptualizing tune are susceptible to Deleuze's critique. yet, as Deleuze himself stresses, extra vital than in simple terms critiquing verified paradigms is constructing how you can triumph over them, and by utilizing Deleuze's personal ideas this assortment goals to discover that threat.

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Changing the System: The Music of Christian Wolff by Stephen Chase, Philip Thomas

By Stephen Chase, Philip Thomas

Christian Wolff is a composer who has a particular direction frequently on the centre of avant-garde task operating along figures equivalent to John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Cornelius Cardew. In a occupation spanning sixty years, he has produced an important and influential physique of labor that has aimed to handle, in a looking and provocative demeanour, what it skill to be an experimental and socially acutely aware artist. This ebook offers a wide-ranging creation to a composer frequently ignored regardless of his impression upon a number of the significant figures in new tune because the Nineteen Fifties from Cage to John Zorn to the hot wave of experimentalists around the globe. because the first designated research of the tune of this prolific and hugely person composer, "Changing the approach: The track of Christian Wolff" comprises contributions from major specialists within the box of recent and experimental song, in addition to from performers and composers who've labored with Wolff. The reception of Wolff's track is mentioned with regards to the eu avant-garde and in addition in the context of Wolff's organization with Cage and Feldman. song from his earliest compositions of the Fifties, the hugely indeterminate ratings, the politically-inspired items as much as the latest works are mentioned intimately, either when it comes to their compositional ideas, common aesthetic improvement, and concerns of functionality. the actual demanding situations and aesthetic concerns coming up from Wolff's idiosyncratic notations and the consequences for performers are a vital subject. Likewise, the ways that Wolff's political persuasions - which arguably account for a number of the notational tools he chooses - were labored out via his song, are tested. With a foreword by means of his shut affiliate Michael Parsons, it is a important addition to experimental song literature.

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The Principles and Practice of Modal Counterpoint by Douglass Green, Evan Jones

By Douglass Green, Evan Jones

Protecting modal tune from Gregorian chant throughout the seventeenth-century, The rules and perform of Modal Counterpoint is a complete textbook combining stylistic composition, conception and research, song historical past, and function. through supplementing a converted species strategy with a wealth of whole musical examples and old details, this textbook completely joins precept with perform, delivering a very immersive event within the examine of modal counterpoint and familiarizing scholars with modal repertoire.

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Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios by Gregory D. Booth

By Gregory D. Booth

Starting within the Thirties, males and a handful of girls got here from India's many communities-Marathi, Parsi, Goan, North Indian, and lots of others--to Mumbai to paintings in an that constituted within the phrases of a few, "the unique fusion music." They labored as composers, arrangers, assistants, and studio performers in a single of the main specific renowned tune and renowned movie cultures on this planet. this day, the songs performed via Mumbai's studio musicians are identified all through India and the Indian diaspora lower than the preferred identify "Bollywood," however the musicians themselves stay, of their personal phrases, "behind the curtain"--the nameless and unseen performers of 1 of the world's so much celebrated renowned track genres. Now, Gregory D. sales space deals a compelling account of the Bollywood movie song from the viewpoint of the musicians who either skilled and formed its background. In an extraordinary insider's examine the method of musical creation from the past due Nineteen Forties to the mid Nineteen Nineties, sooner than the arrival of electronic recording applied sciences, sales space explains who those unknown musicians have been and the way they got here to hitch the movie track undefined. at the foundation of a desirable set of first-hand debts from the musicians themselves, he unearths how the day by day conditions of expertise and finance formed either the songs and the careers in their writer and performers. sales space additionally unfolds the technological, cultural, and business advancements that resulted in the large studio orchestras of the 1960s-90s in addition to the criteria which eventually resulted in their death in modern India. that includes an in depth spouse web site with video interviews with the musicians themselves, backstage is a robust, ground-level view of this globally vital song undefined.

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Teaching music musically by Prof Keith Swanwick, Keith Swanwick

By Prof Keith Swanwick, Keith Swanwick

Via functional examples, Keith Swanwick illustrates the fundamental layers of musical adventure and descriptions key rules for track educators and musical instructing. Chapters take care of musical worth, tradition, scholar evaluate and the way forward for song schooling. there's additionally a broader entice an individual who invents or plays tune and for these excited about track psychology, sociology or track promoting.

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Ubiquitous Musics: The Everyday Sounds That We Don't Always by Marta García Quiñones, Anahid Kassabian, Elena Boschi

By Marta García Quiñones, Anahid Kassabian, Elena Boschi

Ubiquitous Musics deals a multidisciplinary method of the pervasive presence of track in way of life. The essays tackle quite a few events during which song is current along different actions and doesn't call for targeted recognition from (sometimes involuntary) listeners. The participants current various theoretical views at the expanding ubiquity of song and its implications for the event of listening. the gathering comprises 9 essays divided into 3 sections: Histories, applied sciences, and areas. the 1st part addresses the old origins of sensible song and the debates on how reproduced track, together with a variety of kinds and genres, unfold so fast throughout such a lot of environments. the second one part makes a speciality of extra modern sound applied sciences, together with cell phones in India, the function of seen playback expertise in movie, and hearing moveable electronic gamers. the ultimate part displays on settings similar to shops, shops, gyms, places of work and automobiles within which ubiquitous musics are frequently current, yet hardly thought of. This final part - and finally the complete assortment - seeks to foster a much wider realizing of listening practices by way of lending a clean, severe ear. as well as the 3 major authors, there are chapters contributed through Lawrence Kramer, Tony Grajeda, Christina Baade, Amit S. Rai, Tim McNelis, Jonathan Sterne, Serena Facci and Franco Fabbri.

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