Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is. Musicking is part of that iconic, gestural process of giving and receiving the implications of Christopher Small’s ‘musicking’ for general music education. Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening by Christopher Small. CHRISTOPHER SMALL. Musicking. THE MEANINGS OF. PERFORMING AND.

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Christopher Small

The effect of all this is a high culture that can challenge or relate to nothing in our contemporary experience. An Art of muwicking Theater pp.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They, too, are all contributing to the nature of the event that is a musical performance.

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An incredible perspective and scholarly discussion on the politics that informs the very nature and format of the western classical music and its live performances. Interlude 1 The Language of Gesture. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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In this new book, Small outlines a theory of what he terms “musicking,” a verb that encompasses all musical The Meanings of Performing and Listening. Riku-Pekka rated it it was amazing Jan 01, We might at times even extend its meaning to what the person is doing who takes the tickets at the door or the hefty men who shift the piano and the drums or the roadies who set up the instruments and carry out the sound checks or the cleaners who clean up after everyone else has gone.


A Vision of Order pp. Views Read Edit View history. Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is not a thing, but rather an activity.

Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening (Music Culture)

Wesleyan University Press Series: During his time in Spain, Small conducted Catalan choirs and was visited regularly by people from both Musifking and the USA, who admired his work. Bach kind language living Ludwig van Beethoven mance masculine meaning melody meta-narrative metaphor mind modern movement Mozart musi musical performance musicians musicologists myth narrative nature Ninth Symphony opera orchestra paralanguage pattern which connects perceive performers and listeners perhaps piano piece Pierre Boulez play players protagonist question rela relation repertory representation ritual score semiotics set of relationships sing social society sonata form song sound stories style Susan McClary symphony concert takes place Tchaikovsky tell tension theme thing tion tionships tonal harmony ture understand Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart words.

Fifth, the quality of serious musical works is autonomous of context – and so assumed to be universally valid. The simultaneous inward and outward flow of information that goes on throughout the performance is made possible by the fact that the language of the information is not that of words but of gestures” p. Neville Braithwaite died inand Small died in In spite of this the canon of classical music is promoted it would seem quaint if it was not delivered with such authority as the only Real or serious music.


Contact Contact Us Help. The concert experience is that of passive and elite consumption. This engaging and deftly written trip through the concert hall will have readers rethinking every aspect of their musical worlds. Dec smalk, Lidia rated it it was amazing.

I thought of so many people I wanted to share this book with my brother, Tim, and Ben W. The Meanings of Performing and Listening. Nov 20, K rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Rachel Hands rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Retrieved from ” smaol Using Gregory Bateson’s philosophy of mind and a Geertzian thick description of a typical concert in a typical symphony hall, Small demonstrates how musicking forms a ritual through which all the participants explore and celebrate the relationships that constitute their social identity.

Retrieved 1 April His theories also assume that every single role will be performed as expected and leaves no room for the unexpected, which must always be considered in performance arts. Sharing with Strangers pp. I agreed with Small’s thinking musickinh lot in those days, and I think I still fall into that direction but I want to re-read this book to see if any of my views smlal changed.

Ssmall the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is not a thing, but rather an activity.