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Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning

Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning by Daniel Chua
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This book is born out of two contradictions: first, it explores the making of meaning in a musical form that was made to lose its meaning at the turn of the nineteenth century; secondly, it is a history of a music that claims to have no history - absolute music. The book therefore writes against that notion of absolute music which tends to be the paradigm for most musicological and analytical studies. It is concerned not so much with what music is, but with why and how meaning is constructed in instrumental music and what structures of knowledge need to be in place for such meaning to exist. From the thought of Vincenzo Galilei to that of Theodore Adorno, Daniel Chua suggests that instrumental music has always been a critical and negative force in modernity, even with its nineteenth-century apotheosis as 'absolute music'.
Cambridge University Press; November 1999
328 pages; ISBN 9780511035821
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Title: Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning
Author: Daniel Chua
 
ISBNs
0511035829
9780511035821
9780521631815