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Quotation and Cultural Meaning in Twentieth-Century Music


Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Author: David Metzer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036580

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  • Throughout the twentieth century, musicians frequently incorporated bits of works by other musicians into their own compositions and performances. When a musician borrows from a piece, he or she draws upon not only a melody but also the cultural associations of the original piece. By working with and altering a melody, a musician also transforms those associations. This book explores that vibrant practice, examining how musicians used quotation to participate in the cultural dialogues sustained around such areas as race, childhood, madness and the mass media. The focus of this study is broad, discussing pieces in a spectrum of musical styles (classical, experimental, jazz, and popular) as well as works in the other arts. Part of the young and quickly growing field of musical borrowing, this book takes an important step in discussing the wider cultural ramifications of quotation.

    • Discusses a wide range of musical styles - classical, experimental, jazz and popular idioms
    • Contains a chapter on the question of sampling in popular music
    • Written from a cultural studies approach
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    '… rich and fascinating cultural and aesthetic interpretations …' Journal of the Royal Musical Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036580
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.368kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 14 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    1. Childhood and nostalgia in the works of Charles Ives
    2. Black and white: quotations in Duke Ellington's 'Black and Tan Fantasy'
    Interlude: chronological scenes
    3. Madness
    4. The promise of the past: Rochberg, Berio and Stockhausen
    5. Sampling and thievery
    6. Covered up: borrowing in Sandra Bernhard's Without You I'm Nothing
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  • Author

    David Metzer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    David Metzer is Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has published a wide range of articles on twentieth-century music.

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