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Acclaimed scholar rethinks the nature and meaning of music.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780819522573
Author:
Small, Christopher
Publisher:
Wesleyan
Location:
Hanover:
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Performance
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Appreciation
Subject:
Music -- Performance -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Subject:
MUSIC / Reference
Series:
Music/Culture
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
9.02x6.06x.63 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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