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Beyond Structural Listening?Postmodern Modes of Hearing$
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Andrew Dell'Antonio

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520237575

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520237575.001.0001

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The Chosen One's Choice

The Chosen One's Choice

(p.70) Three The Chosen One's Choice
Beyond Structural Listening?

Andrew Dell'Antonio

University of California Press

This chapter discusses an alternative to the structural listening proposed by Rose Subotnik is presented. This alternative approach rejects Subotnik's notion that one must choose between binary opposites. It considers structural elements as gestures, which do not represent meanings within abstracted two-dimensional spatial graphs, or communicate them through association or reasoning by analogy, but rather constitute part of the meaning of the original work as a performance event. The essay also critiques Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno and Richard Taruskin, who based on musical analysis, has provided ideological or philosophical critiques of Le Sacre. This chapter particularly questions the way these two authors defined human subjectivity based on immanent musical form, and how they use their conclusions to determine the humane value of Le Sacre. It also questions their structuralist analyses of Le Sacre by offering an alternative reading that recognizes the importance of bodily gesture in danced works of music.

Keywords:   structural listening, Rose Subotnik, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Richard Taruskin, Le Sacre, musical analysis

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