Critical Music Historiography: Probing Canons, Ideologies and Institutions by Vesa Kurkela, Dr. Markus Mantere (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionDuring the past two decades, there has emerged a growing need to reconsider the objects, axioms and perspectives of writing music history. A certain suspicion towards Francois Lyotard's grand narratives, as a sign of what he diagsed as our 'postmodern condition', has become more or less an established and unquestioned point of departure among historians. This suspicion, at its most extreme, has led to a radical conclusion of the 'end of history' in the work of postmodern scholars such as Jean Baudrillard and Francis Fukuyama. The contributors to Critical Music Historiography take a step back and argue that the radical view of the 'impossibility of history', as well as the unavoidable ideology of any history, are counter-productive points of departure for historical scholarship. It is argued that metanarratives in history are still possible and welcome, even if their limitations are ackwledged. Foucault, Lyotard and others should be taken into account but systematized viewpoints and methods for a more critical and multi-faceted re-evaluation of the past through research are needed. As to the metanarratives of music history, they must avoid the pitfalls of evolutionism, hagiography, and teleology, all hallmarks of traditional historiography. In this volume the contributors put these methods and principles into practice. The chapters tackle under-researched and n-conventional domains of music history as well as rethinking older historiographical concepts such as orientalism and nationalism, and consequently introduce new concepts such as occidentalism and transnationalism. The volume is a challenging collection of work that stakes out a unique territory for itself among the growing body of work on critical music history.
- Author BiographyMarkus Mantere graduated with a PhD in Music from Brown University, USA. His dissertation scrutinized the music philosophy of the late Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, as well as the impact that Gould's exceptional musicianship has had on later generations of musicians in Canada and the Western musical world. More recently, Mantere's research on the scholarly criticism of music has focused on the intellectual and social history of musicology in Finland. He has also worked as the editor of Musiikki, the only refereed musicological journal in Finland, since 2007. Vesa Kurkela is Professor of Music History at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He has written extensively on various topics of music history in Finland and elsewhere: popular music, music publishing, nationalism and transnationalism, folk music and ideology, concert institution and orchestral repertoires, radio music, and recording industry.
- Author(s)Dr. Markus Mantere,Vesa Kurkela
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/03/2015
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 11 b&w illustrations and 13 music examples
- Weight762 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
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