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ERIC Number: EJ1107008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Classical Music as Enforced Utopia
Leech-Wilkinson, Daniel
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v15 n3-4 p325-336 Jul-Oct 2016
In classical music composition, whatever thematic or harmonic conflicts may be engineered along the way, everything always turns out for the best. Similar utopian thinking underlies performance: performers see their job as faithfully carrying out their master's (the composer's) wishes. The more perfectly they represent them, the happier the result. But why should performers not have a critical role to play in re-presenting a score, just as actors are permitted--required even--to find new meanings and new relevance in texts? And what or whom are performers obeying, the long dead composer (and what is the ethical basis for that?) or a policing system (teachers, examiners, adjudicators, critics, agents, promoters, record producers) that enforces an imaginary tradition from childhood to grave? Starting from the evidence of early recordings, showing that composers are "mis"represented, this article seeks to unpick some of the delusions that support classical music practice.
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Language: English
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