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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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Uncertainty, the Canon, and Dissident Musics

(p.164) Chapter VI Music
Rationalizing Culture

Born Georgina

University of California Press

This chapter illustrates how the concert programming of the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) embodied an extremely coherent and forceful canonization of twentieth-century high-musical modernism. It explains that IRCAM's resources were channeled into three powerful and legitimizing displacements. These include the interpretation of the musical past, the development of technology and pure science around music, and the assertion of a realm of utopian and scientific thought and theory closely linked to composition.

Keywords:   IRCAM, concert programming, high-musical modernism, musical past, technology, scientific thought, composition

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