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Boulez, Music and Philosophy

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107687233

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  • While acknowledging that Pierre Boulez is not a philosopher, and that he is wary of the potential misuse of philosophy with regard to music, this study investigates a series of philosophically charged terms and concepts which he uses in discussion of his music. Campbell examines significant encounters which link Boulez to the work of a number of important philosophers and thinkers, including Adorno, Lévi-Strauss, Eco and Deleuze. Relating Boulez's music and ideas to broader currents of thought, the book illuminates a number of affinities linking music and philosophy, and also literature and visual art. These connections facilitate enhanced understanding of post-war modernist music and Boulez's distinctive approach to composition. Drawing on a wide range of previously unpublished documentary sources and providing musical analysis of a number of key scores, the book traces the changing musical, philosophical and intellectual currents which inform Boulez's work.

    • Maps out Boulez's engagement with a range of philosophical ideas allowing readers to trace the changing musical, philosophical and intellectual currents of thought which inform Boulez's work
    • Draws on a wide range of French and German language sources, including Boulez's previously unpublished correspondence with a number of significant figures
    • Connects Boulez's music and ideas to broader currents of thought, enhancing understanding of post-war modernist music and Boulez's distinctive approach to composition
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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107687233
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 44 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preparing the ground
    2. Early influences and movements
    3. Dialectic, negation and binary oppositions
    4. Boulez, Adorno and serial critique
    5. Deduction and the scientific model
    6. Serialism and structuralism
    7. Post-structuralist encounters
    8. Boulez, difference and repetition
    9. Expanding the virtual
    10. Continuity and discontinuity of space and time
    Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Edward Campbell, University of Aberdeen
    Edward Campbell is a Lecturer in the Music Department / School of Education at the University of Aberdeen where he co-ordinates the music education programmes and teaches courses in aesthetics, contemporary music, music education and visual culture. He is also a participant in the university's Centre for Modern Thought.

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