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Listening to China : sound and the Sino-Western encounter, 1770-1839

Author: Thomas Irvine
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020. ©2020
Series: New material histories of music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Listening to China is our first important foray in the field of global music history, which is rapidly establishing itself as the main area of growth in music studies. Compellingly and expertly written by a seasoned scholar, it tells the story of how Westerners experienced China with their ears at the time of the Sino-Western encounter of ca. 1800, and what this meant for their own construction of musical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: Charles Burney; Johann Nikolaus Forkel; Adolf Bernhard Marx; Charles Burney; Johann Nikolaus Forkel; Adolf Bernhard Marx
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Irvine
ISBN: 9780226667126 022666712X
OCLC Number: 1129395787
Description: 263 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Process and perspective --
China and the enlightened ear --
Soundscapes in the contact zone : Listening in Canton, 1770-1839 --
Charles Burney discovers China --
Sound and the Macartney Mission, 1792-1794 --
Reading Burney listening to China --
Listening to China with Forkel and Marx --
Epilogue : sound and the Sino-Western encounter
Series Title: New material histories of music.
Responsibility: Thomas Irvine.

Abstract:

"Listening to China is our first important foray in the field of global music history, which is rapidly establishing itself as the main area of growth in music studies. Compellingly and expertly written by a seasoned scholar, it tells the story of how Westerners experienced China with their ears at the time of the Sino-Western encounter of ca. 1800, and what this meant for their own construction of musical knowledge. It explores two kinds of Western practices of listening in and to China: ear-witness accounts by travelers to China, including diplomats, trade officials, and missionaries; and writings about Chinese music by European writers, philosophers, and music historians who constructed China's sound in their imaginations. The book's primary objective is a better understanding of how Westerners gained/gathered sonic knowledge of China and to investigate the aural dimensions of the Sino-Western encounter At the same time, the book reconsiders the idea of a specifically Western music history by showing how it was precisely the comparison with a great "other"--China--that helped the idea itself to emerge. Ultimately, the book draws attention to the importance of China for the construction of (musical) knowledge during and following the European Enlightenment."--

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