Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

University of California Press, 2002 - 335 sidor
Lawrence Kramer has been a pivotal figure in the development of the controversial new musicology, integrating the study of music with social and cultural issues. This accessible and eloquently written book continues and deepens the trajectory of Kramer's thinking as it boldly argues that humanistic, not just technical, meaning is a basic force in music history and an indispensable factor in how, where, and when music is heard. Kramer draws on a broad range of music and theory to show that the problem of musical meaning is not just an intellectual puzzle, but a musical phenomenon in its own right.

How have romantic narratives involving Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata affected how we hear this famous piece, and what do they reveal about its music? How does John Coltrane's African American identity affect the way we hear him perform a relatively "white" pop standard like "My Favorite Things"? Why does music requiring great virtuosity have different cultural meanings than music that is not particularly virtuosic? Focusing on the classical repertoire from Beethoven to Shostakovich and also discussing jazz, popular music, and film and television music, Musical Meaning uncovers the historical importance of asking about meaning in the lived experience of musical works, styles, and performances. Kramer's writing, clear and full of memorable formulations, demonstrates that thinking about music can become a vital means of thinking about general questions of meaning, subjectivity, and value. In addition to providing theoretical advances and insights on particular pieces and repertoires, Musical Meaning will be provocative reading for those interested in issues of identity, gender, and cultural theory. This book includes a CD of Kramer's own composition, Revenants: 32 Variations in C Minor, which he discusses in his final chapter.

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Sounding Out Musical Meaning and Modern Experience
Hermeneutics and Musical History A Primer without Rules an Exercise with Schubert
Hands On Lights Off The Moonlight Sonata and the Birth of Sex at the Piano
Beyond Words and Music An Essay on Songfulness
Franz Liszt and the Virtuoso Public Sphere Sight and Sound in the Rise of Mass Entertainment
Rethinking Schumanns Carnaval Identity Meaning and the Social Order
Glottis Envy The Marx Brothers A Night at the Opera
Hercules Hautboys Mixed Media and Musical Meaning
Powers of Blackness Jazz and the Blues in Modern Concert Music
Long Ride in a Slow Machine The Alienation Effect from Weill to Shostakovich
Chiaroscuro Coltranes American Songbook
Ghost Stories Cultural Memory Mourning and the Myth of Originality

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Lawrence Kramer is Professor of English and Music at Fordham University and the coeditor of 19th Century Music. He is author of six books, including After the Lovedeath: Sexual Violence and the Making of Culture (California 1997), Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge (California 1995), and Music as Cultural Practice, 1800-1900 (California 1990).

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