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Rationalizing CultureIRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde$
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Georgina Born

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520202160

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520202160.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Rationalizing Culture
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Born Georgina

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520202160.003.0001

This book presents an ethnography of the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) as part of a detailed and critical examination of the social and cultural character of one important area of the contemporary musical avant-garde. The ethnography is combined with discursive characterizations of musical modernism and postmodernism, which are the historical traditions that underlie IRCAM's aesthetics. The motives of this study concern the state of contemporary serious music and composition, and cultural anthropology.

Keywords:   IRCAM, ethnography, musical avant-garde, musical modernism, musical postmodernism, cultural anthropology

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