This volume brings together DeNora’s work published between 1986 and 2007. It includes thirteen essays, some of which have had a major impact on the field. The chapters trace the development of her work from its early concern with musical meaning, historical ethnography and the ’everyday’ perspective, to its current focus on music in action. Topics covered include Adorno on Schoenberg and Stravinsky, a theory of music as a space and place for interpretive work, research methods for historical musicology, and the first key statement of her theory of music as an active ingredient in social life. These building blocks are then employed to investigate music and embodied experience, sexuality and gender differentiation, and music’s role as a technology of health. The essays are set in a multi-disciplinary context with an autobiographical introduction.
Contents: Introduction; Bibliography; Structure, chaos and emancipation: Adorno's philosophy of modern music and post-war avant garde; How is extra-musical meaning possible? Music as a place and space for 'work'; Deconstructing periodization: sociological methods and historical ethnography in late 18th-century Vienna; The musical composition of social reality? Music, action and reflexivity; The biology lessons of opera buffa: gender, nature, and bourgeois society on Mozart’s buffa stage; Music and erotic agency - sonic resources and social-sexual action; The concerto and society; Music as agency in Beethoven's Vienna; The pebble in the pond: musicing, therapy, community; Health and music in everyday life - a theory of practice; Evidence and effectiveness in music therapy: problems, power, possibilities and performances in health contexts; Postlude: two or more forms of music; Name index.
The titles in this series bring together a selection of previously published and some unpublished essays by leading authorities in the field of critical musicology. The essays are chosen from a wide range of publications and so make key works available in a more accessible form. The authors have all made a selection of their own work in one volume with an introduction which discusses the essays chosen and puts them into context. A full bibliography points the reader to other publications which might not be included in the volume for reasons of space. The previously published essays are published using the facsimile method of reproduction to retain their original pagination, so that students and scholars can easily reference the essays in their original form.