Musical Vitalities

Roughly equal parts philosophy of music, history of aesthetics, and analytically informed criticism, Musical Vitalities engages with a body of thought ...

Musical Vitalities

Musical Vitalities

Does it make sense to refer to bird song—a complex vocalization, full of repetitive and transformative patterns that are carefully calculated to woo a mate—as art? What about a pack of wolves howling in unison or the cacophony made by an entire rain forest? Redefining music as “the art of possibly animate things,” Musical Vitalities charts a new path for music studies that blends musicological methods with perspectives drawn from the life sciences. In opposition to humanist approaches that insist on a separation between culture and nature—approaches that appear increasingly untenable in an era defined by human-generated climate change—Musical Vitalities treats music as one example of the cultural practices and biotic arts of the animal kingdom rather than as a phenomenon categorically distinct from nonhuman forms of sonic expression. The book challenges the human exceptionalism that has allowed musicologists to overlook music’s structural resemblances to the songs of nonhuman species, the intricacies of music’s physiological impact on listeners, and the many analogues between music’s formal processes and those of the dynamic natural world. Through close readings of Austro-German music and aesthetic writings that suggest wide-ranging analogies between music and nature, Musical Vitalities seeks to both rekindle the critical potential of nineteenth-century music and rejoin the humans at the center of the humanities with the nonhumans whose evolutionary endowments and planetary fates they share.

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Musical Vitalities
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Holly Watkins
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-21 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Does it make sense to refer to bird song—a complex vocalization, full of repetitive and transformative patterns that are carefully calculated to woo a mate—as art? What about a pack of wolves howling in unison or the cacophony made by an entire rain forest? Redefining music as “the art of
Healing for the Soul
Language: en
Pages: 356
Authors: Braxton D. Shelley
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Reimagining Gospel : An Introduction -- "A Balm In Gilead" : "Tuning Up" and the Gospel Imagination -- The Moment That Changed Everything : Gospel Music and the Incarnation of Time -- "The Evidence of Things Not Seen" : Gospel Vamps and the Incarnation of Text -- The Pursuit of
Sonorous Worlds
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Yana Stainova
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-10-14 - Publisher: University of Michigan Press

In Venezuela's El Sistema, music is both a means of government control and a form of emancipation for youth musicians
The Cambridge Companion to Music and Romanticism
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Benedict Taylor
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-26 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This Companion presents a new understanding of the relationship between music and culture in and around the nineteenth century, and encourages readers to explore what Romanticism in music might mean today. Challenging the view that musical 'romanticism' is confined to a particular style or period, it reveals instead the multiple
The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy
Language: en
Pages: 1152
Authors: Assistant Professor of Music and Ad Astra Fellow Tomás McAuley, Tomás McAuley, Nanette Nielsen, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy Emeritus Jerrold Levinson, Jerrold Levinson, Ariana Phillips-Hutton
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-12-30 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Whether regarded as a perplexing object, a morally captivating force, an ineffable entity beyond language, or an inescapably embodied human practice, music has captured philosophically inclined minds since time immemorial. In turn, musicians of all stripes have called on philosophy as a source of inspiration and encouragement, and scholars of

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