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Absolute music, mechanical reproduction

Author: Arved Mark Ashby
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
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Recordings are now the primary way we hear classical music, especially the more abstract styles of "absolute" instrumental music. In this original, provocative book, Arved Ashby argues that recording technology has transformed our understanding of art music. Contesting the laments of nostalgic critics, Ashby sees recordings as socially progressive and instruments of a musical vernacular, but also finds that  Read more...
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Ashby, Arved Mark.
Absolute music, mechanical reproduction.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009040742
(OCoLC)449860806
Named Person: Glenn Gould; Artur Schnabel; Glenn Gould; Artur Schnabel
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arved Mark Ashby
ISBN: 9780520945692 0520945697 1282697668 9781282697669
OCLC Number: 655853281
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 317 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: The recorded musical text --
Recording, repetition, and memory in absolute music --
Schnabel's rationalism, Gould's pragmatism --
Digital mythologies --
Beethoven and the iPod Nation --
Photo/phono/porno --
Mahler as imagist.
Responsibility: Arved Ashby.

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