Perspectives on Musical Aesthetics

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John Rahn
W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 - Music - 386 pages
Drawn from the influential journal Perspectives of New Music, these essays reflect a variety of artistic viewpoints and critical perspectives. The contributors include composers Pierre Boulez, John Cage, and Milton Babbitt, literary scholar Douglas Collins, anthropologist Eric Gans, philosopher Michel Foucault, and poet Delmore Schwartz. The authors contemplate music's origins and function, the changing relations between music and society, the effects of today's conflicting aesthetic notions on composition, and the relationship between music and other communicative behaviors. Taken together, the essays suggest a working aesthetic that would ensure the continual renewal of artistic tradition in Western culture.

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Contents

The Aesthetics of Perspectives JOHN RAHN
1
AESTHETIC THEORY
5
Ritual Sacrifice and the Political Economy of Music DOUGLAS COLLINS
9
Art and Entertainment ERIC GANS
40
What Is Valuable in Art and Can Music Still Achieve It? ? JOHN RAHN
54
The Beginning and End of Esthetic Form ERIC GANS
66
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND THE PUBLIC
81
Contemporary Music and the Public MICHEL FOUCAULT AND PIERRE BOULEZ
83
Four Texts ELAINE BARKIN
194
On the Role of Affect in Artificial
204
MUSIC AND LITERATURE
247
Joyces Critique of Music ARTHUR NESTROVSKI
249
The Nature of Music ARTHUR BERGER
291
Music and Emotion HERBERT SCHWARTZ
293
Poetry as Imitation DELMORE SCHWARTZ
297
Music as Imitation ARTHUR BERGER
302

Are You Serious? J K RANDALL
90
A New Social Role for Music FRED EVERETT MAUS
107
Texts and Commentaries
116
Reality in Music Experience and Practice
134
ON BEING A COMPOSER
143
Tokyo Lecture and Three Mesostics JOHN CAGE
152
Creativity IANNIS XENAKIS
158
Composing Music ROBERT ERICKSON
165
ENVIRONMENT CONSCIOUSNESS AND MAGIC
175
For a Friend CLAYTON ESHLEMAN
313
LA KENNETH GABURO
316
THE SURVIVAL OF AESTHETICS
331
Books by Boulez DeLio Rochberg SUSAN BLAUSTEIN
333
Response to Blaustein THOMAS DELIO
365
Reflections on DeLios Circumscribing the Open Universe HERMAN SABBE
373
About the Authors
379
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About the author (1994)

John Rahn is professor of music composition and theory at the University of Washington in Seattle, and since 1983 has been editor of Perspectives of New Music.

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