""Conventional Wisdom" is a contribution to musicology of the first order. The field will have to reckon with it for years to come, for it will become the point of departure for discussions not only on the foundation of classical tonality and the American blues, but also for its deconstruction of the borderlands of 'the purely musical."--Jose ...Read More""Conventional Wisdom" is a contribution to musicology of the first order. The field will have to reckon with it for years to come, for it will become the point of departure for discussions not only on the foundation of classical tonality and the American blues, but also for its deconstruction of the borderlands of 'the purely musical."--Jose David Saldivar, author of "Border Matters" "In "Conventional Wisdom" Susan McClary once again brings her unique blend of audacity and judiciousness to the project of rethinking the basis of musical history. Ranging nimbly from Vivaldi to the blues and beyond, McClary reanimates the tired (not to say conventional) concept of musical convention. She shows not only that 'purely musical' conventions are tools for doing cultural work, but also that they act as a kind of barometer for the cultural work that particular eras feel the need of doing. She advances recent debates on the social import of music in a spirit of dialogue without sacrificing anything in the way of cutting-edge thought. This is a scintillating and challenging book that will be read eagerly by specialists and nonspecialists alike. No one who cares about music can afford to miss it."--Lawrence Kramer, author of "After the Lovedeath"Read Less
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Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ lightly rubbed, otherwise fine. Interior clean, binding tight. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 219 p. Ernest Bloch Lectures. Audience: General/trade.
This fantastic book by headline-making musicologist Susan McClary is the book form of a series of lectures that she delivered some years ago. Never afraid of a bit of controversy, McClary attempts to approach music history in a rather taboo, postmodern way. She parallels so-called "classical music" with the development of blues/r&b and attempts to legitimize contemporary and popular musics (including Public Enemy). She looks at the development of music in a way that academia tends to shy away from, and the results are quite refreshing. You may not agree with everything that she says, but then again, you may be sold. Either way you'll be glad you considered what she has to say. I recommend this book because it is incredibly thought provoking and a very easy to read. Unlike many of her colleagues, McClary doesn't need to use a cripplingly large (and verbose) vocabulary to make her points. A definite must read for anyone interested in music!!!
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