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MU1710 Nov 30

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Department
Music
Course
Music 1710F/G
Professor
Cameron Johnston
Semester
Fall

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November 30 Readings/Class Notes – History 1. What attitudes might a person or culture hold? (gender, class, sexual preference, race, politics?) If not in this, in what tasks night a musicologist engage? 2. What are sources of evidence that might reveal these attitudes? 3. How might MUSIC reveal these attitudes? 4. Can you think of particular works that you think absolutely reflect extra- musical attitudes? Ones that absolutely don't? Margaret Bent – Not such thing as a neutral edition – As performers make choices as ornamentation, musicologists make choices about transcribing melodies, and what questions are asked to write a paper Charles Rosen – There is still a need for the old musicology – Critical of new schools of musicology Recapitulation of Beethoven's Ninth – McClary's idea that Beethoven expressed the “Murderous rage of a rapist” due to the violence of the recapitulation – Rosen does not believe this is accurate 5. How might MUSIC reveal these attitudes? Is it the musicologist's job to examine and evaluate the ways the culture or person influences the work? – Musicologists may have a place in cultural examination, but not examination of the individual composer – Not necessarily to judge the composer, but to evaluate the historical aspects of why they did what they did musically. Both musicologists and composers have bias for themselves/the composers which may hinder different perspectives. What does it mean for music to be masculine? Feminine? Gay? Straight? Can we tell just by listening? – Categories are historically contingent History is in the piece, aesthetics are of the time Our job as musicologists is to get closer to what somebody was thinking by making the music we love Dec 3 How might we know what a composer meant? Intention in Music: Scruton, The Aesthetics of Music, p. 19: “Every sound intentionally made is instinctively taken to be an attempt at communication. […] In the presence of sound intentionally produced, and intentionally organized, we feel ourselves within another person’s ambit.” – Organized by a person – music connects us to a person's thought. Intention – what does Beethoven mean to convey with the way the structure is organized? Turkish March – why might Beethoven interrupt the choral statement with this march? Turkish March Text Why would Beethoven have chosen a military setting for this section? – Music is a metaphor for
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