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Knowing Music, Making Music: Javanese Gamelan and the Theory of Musical Competence and Interaction (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

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How do musicians know what they know? This study is a new approach to the nature of musical competence. Using the intricate collaborative structure of gamelan—Javanese ensemble music—as a point of departure, Knowing Music, Making Music lays the foundation for a comprehensive theory of musical competence and interaction.

Using illustrative examples from a variety of traditions, Benjamin Brinner first examines the elements and characteristics of musical competence, the different kinds of competence in a musical community, the development of multiple competences, and the acquisition and transformation of competence through time. He then shows how these factors come into play in musical interaction, establishing four intersecting theoretical perspectives based on ensemble roles, systems of communication, sound structures, and individual motivations. These perspectives are applied to the dynamics of gamelan performance to explain the social, musical, and contextual factors that affect the negotiation of consensus in musical interaction. The discussion ranges from sociocultural norms of interpersonal conduct to links between music, dance, theater, and ritual, and from issues of authority and deference to musicians' self-perceptions and mutual assessments.

Much more than a portrait of artists making music together, this book brings together a variety of cognitive approaches and a wide range of examples from many cultures to suggest ways of integrating our knowledge of music making both in individual cultures and crossculturally.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Technical Notes

A Sketch of Central Javanese Gamelan

Introduction

Prelude. Two Performances

1: Modeling Musical Competence

2: Javanese Musical Competence

3: Individual Competences

4: Who Knows What?

5: Acquiring Competence

6: My Experience Is My Teacher: The Acquisition of Javanese Musical

Competence

7: Toward a Theory of Musical Interaction

8: Musical Interaction in Javanese Gamelan

9: Interaction in Javanese Multimedia Productions

10: Individuals Making Music Together

11: Musical Competence and Interaction

Appendix

Glossary

Bibliography

Discography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226075099
Author:
Brinner, Benjamin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
World Beat - NonWestern Music
Subject:
Gamelan
Subject:
Musical ability
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - International
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones, 14 line drawings, 28 tables
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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