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Finding Democracy in Music

1st Edition

Edited by Robert Adlington, Esteban Buch

Routledge

240 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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For a century and more, the idea of democracy has fuelled musicians’ imaginations. Seeking to go beyond music’s proven capacity to contribute to specific political causes, musicians have explored how aspects of their practice embody democratic principles. This may involve adopting particular approaches to compositional material, performance practice, relationships to audiences, or modes of dissemination and distribution.

This book is the first study to offer a wide-ranging investigation of ways in which democracy may thus be found in music. A guiding theme of the volume is that this takes place in a plurality of ways, depending upon the perspective taken to music’s manifold relationships, and the idea of democracy being entertained. Contributing authors explore various genres including orchestral composition, jazz, the post-war avant-garde, online performance, and contemporary popular music, as well as employing a wide array of theoretical, archival and ethnographic methodologies. Particular attention is given to the contested nature of democracy as a category, and the gaps that frequently arise between utopian aspiration and reality. In so doing, the volume interrogates a key way in which music helps to articulate and shape our social lives and our politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Looking for Democracy in Music and Elsewhere

ROBERT ADLINGTON and ESTEBAN BUCH

1 ‘Unsociable sociability’: Orchestras, Conflict and Democratic Politics in Finland after 1917

TINA K. RAMNARINE

2 Dismantling Borders, Assembling Hierarchies: Percy Grainger and the Idea of Democracy

RYAN WEBER

3 How Democratic is Jazz?

BENJAMIN GIVAN

4 Curating Difference: Elliott Carter and Democracy

ROBERT ADLINGTON

5 Getting Exercised: Ensemble Relations in Christian Wolff’s Exercises

EMILY PAYNE and PHILIP THOMAS

6 Defining Audible Democracy: New Music in Post-Dictatorship Argentina

VIOLETA NIGRO GIUNTA

7 Network Music and Digital Utopianism: the Rise and Fall of the Res Rocket Surfer Project, 1994-2003

CHRISTOPHER HAWORTH

8 As the Band Hit Full Throttle: Live Event, Mediatisation and Collective Identification in Popular Music Concert Films

ALESSANDRO BRATUS

9 Reinventing Audiences––Imagining Radical Musical Democracies

GEORGINA BORN

About the Editors

Robert Adlington holds the Queen’s Anniversary Prize Chair in Contemporary Music at the University of Huddersfield. He is the author of books on Harrison Birtwistle, Louis Andriessen, and avant-garde music in 1960s Amsterdam, and has edited volumes on avant-garde music and the sixties, music and communism, and (in the present book series) New Music Theatre in Europe (Routledge, 2019).

Esteban Buch is Professor of Music History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His last books include Trauermarsch. L’Orchestre de Paris dans l’Argentine de la dictature (Seuil, 2016) and, as a co-editor, Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth Century Dictatorships (Routledge, 2016) 

About the Series

Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century

Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century

Series Editor: Gianmario Borio. Series Advisory Board: Robert Adlington, Esteban Buch, Mark Delaere, Giovanni Giuriati, Iwona Lindstedt and Wolfgang Rathert

The series Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century adopts a collaborative model for the study of key issues in twentieth-century music. The basis for each volume is a conference drawing together leading scholars from across Europe and beyond; conference themes are determined by the series’ distinguished international advisory board, with a view to developing new knowledge and understanding that reflects dialogue between scholars of different nationalities and theoretical backgrounds. Particular emphasis is placed upon recognition of the multiplicity of conceptions, artefacts, events and communities which characterised musical life in the last century. Accordingly, individual volumes seek to interrogate themes that encompass diverse musical genres and disciplinary perspectives.

The series was conceived as a project of the Institute of Music of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, where many of the conferences are convened.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General
MUS006000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Classical
MUS020000
MUSIC / History & Criticism
MUS025000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz
MUS029000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal