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Vocal Music and Contemporary Identities

Unlimited Voices in East Asia and the West, 1st Edition

Edited by Christian Utz, Frederick Lau


324 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Looking at musical globalization and vocal music, this collection of essays studies the complex relationship between the human voice and cultural identity in 20th- and 21st-century music in both East Asian and Western music. The authors approach musical meaning in specific case studies against the background of general trends of cultural globalization and the construction/deconstruction of identity produced by human (and artificial) voices. The essays proceed from different angles, notably sociocultural and historical contexts, philosophical and literary aesthetics, vocal technique, analysis of vocal microstructures, text/phonetics-music-relationships, historical vocal sources or models for contemporary art and pop music, and areas of conflict between vocalization, "ethnicity," and cultural identity. They pinpoint crucial topical features that have shaped identity-discourses in art and popular musical situations since the1950s, with a special focus on the past two decades. The volume thus offers a unique compilation of texts on the human voice in a period of heightened cultural globalization by utilizing systematic methodological research and firsthand accounts on compositional practice by current Asian and Western authors.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Voice, Identities, and Reflexive Globalization in Contemporary Music Practices Christian Utz and Frederick Lau Part 1: Global Perspectives on the Voice 2. Presence and Ethicity of the Voice Dieter Mersch 3. The Rediscovery of Presence: Intercultural Passages through Vocal Spaces between Speech and Song Christian Utz 4. Imagining the Other’s Voice: On Composing across Vocal Traditions Sandeep Bhagwati Part 2: Voices of/in Art Music 5. Voice, Culture, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Chinese Compositions Frederick Lau 6. Narrative, Voice, and Reality in the Operas by Hosokawa Toshio and Mochizuki Misato Fuyuko Fukunaka 7. Reconsidering Traditional Vocal Practices in Contemporary Korean Music Heekyung Lee 8. Escaped from Paradise? Construction of Identity and Elements of Ritual in Vocal Works by Helmut Lachenmann and Giacinto Scelsi Jörn Peter Hiekel 9. The Notation and Use of the Voice in Non-Semantic Contexts: Phonetic Organization in the Vocal Music of Dieter Schnebel, Brian Ferneyhough, and Georges Aperghis Erin Gee Part 3: Voices of/in Popular Music and Media Art 10. A "Digital Opera" at the Boundaries of Transnationalism: Human and Synthesized Voices in Zuni Icosahedron’s The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci Samson Young 11. "Voices of the Mainstream:"Red Songs and Revolutionary Identities in the People’s Republic of China Andreas Steen 12. Asagi’s Voice: Learning How to Desire with Japanese visual-kei Oliver Seibt 13. Voicing Body, Voicing Seoul: Vocalization, Body, and Ethnicity in Korean Popular Music Michael Fuhr 14. Afterword: Giving Voice to Difference Nicholas Cook

About the Editors

Christian Utz is Professor of music theory and music analysis at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.

Frederick Lau is a Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Music

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, film, religion, politics, and science, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / International