Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music

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Eduardo De La Fuente, Peter Murphy
BRILL, 2010 - Philosophy - 315 pages
Music is a ubiquitous and hard to grasp cultural form. It is semiotically and aesthetically open-ended; yet even a 'non-musical' person is able to follow the basics of rhythmic structure and flow. Its presence in social and cultural life is further complicated by its multiple forms of existence - as both 'live' and 'technologically mediated', as self-referential language and as accompaniment to text, dance and other cultural expressions. This collection brings together philosophers, sociologists, musicologists and students of culture who theorize the multiple roles of music through cultural practices as diverse as opera and classical music, jazz and pop, avant-garde and DIY musical cultures, music festivals and isolated listening through the iPod, rock in urban heritage and the piano in contemporary Asian societies.
 

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Contents

Chapter Two Modern Hermeneutics and the Presentation
13
A Consideration
31
One Mans Vast Comic
49
Reflections on Cultural
71
Towards
87
Chapter Seven Collective Effervescence Numinous Experience
107
Chapter Eight Music as a Space of Possibilities
129
Chapter Nine Some Suggestions for a Phenomenology
151
Chapter Ten The Paradox of DoitYourself
175
Chapter Eleven Musical Culturespeak and Cosmopolitan
201
Chapter Twelve The Piano and Cultural Modernity
221
Chapter Thirteen Popular Music Cultural Memory
243
Reevaluating the Place
263
Chapter Fifteen Musical Listening and BoundaryWork
287
List of Contributors
309
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Eduardo De La Fuente, Ph.D (1999) in Humanities, Griffith University, is Lecturer in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University. He has published widely on the sociology of art and cultural sociology, including "Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity" (Routledge, 2010). Peter Murphy is Associate Professor of Communications and Director of the Social Aesthetics Research Unit, Monash University. He is co-author with Simon Marginson and Michael Peters of "Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy" (Peter Lang, 2009), "Global Creation" (Peter Lang, 2010) and "Imagination" (Peter Lang, 2010). Murphy s other recent books include "Dialectic of Romanticism: A Critique of Modernism" with David Roberts (Continuum, 2004) and "Civic Justice" (Prometheus/Humanity Books, 2001).

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