Musicological Identities: Essays in Honor of Susan McClary

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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No music scholar has made as profound an impact on contemporary thought as Susan McClary, a central figure in what has been termed the 'new musicology'. In this volume seventeen distinguished scholars pay tribute to her work, with essays addressing three approaches to music that have characterized her own writings: reassessing music's role in identity formation, particularly regarding gender, sexuality, and race; exploring music's capacity to define and regulate perceptions and experiences of time; and advancing new modes of analysis more appropriate to those aspects and modes of musicking ignored by traditional methods. Contributors include, in overlapping categories, many fellow pioneers, current colleagues, and former students, and their essays, like McClary's own work, address a wide range of repertories ranging from the established canon to a variety of popular genres. The collection represents the generational arrival of the 'new' musicology into full maturity, dividing fairly evenly between pre-eminent scholars of music and a group of younger scholars who have already made their mark in significant ways. But the collection is also, and fundamentally, interdisciplinary in nature, in active conversation with such fields as history, anthropology, philosophy, aesthetics, media studies, film music studies, dramatic criticism, women's studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Tribute to Susan McClary
Musical Identities: Gender Sexuality and Race
Value and meaning in The Magic Flute
Whirling fanatics: orientalism, politics, and religious rivalry in western operatic representation of the orient
Reveling in the rubble: where is the love?
'Waltz me round again Willie': gender, ideology and the waltz in the Gilded Age
'And the colored girls sing': backup singers and the case of the Blossoms
The universe will tell you what it needs: being, time, Sondheim
Music and Temporality
Making time - the soundtrack and narrative time
Sleights of time in the music of Cassandra Wilson
Temporal turntables: on temporality and corporeality in dance culture
Resisting the sublime: loose synchronization in La Belle et la BĂȘte and The Dark Side of Oz
Of railroads, Beethoven and Victorian modernity
Marking time in Pacific Overtures: reconciling East, West and history within the theatrical now of a Broadway musical
Reinventing Analysis: 3 little essays on evanescence
Gender sonics: the voice of Patsy Cline
Shoddy equipment for living? Deconstructing Tin Pan Alley song
Musicology beyond the score and the performance: making sense of the creak on Miles Davis's 'Old Folks'
Uninvited: gender, schizophrenia and Alanis Morissette
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