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Beyond Structural Listening?: Postmodern Modes of Hearing

Andrew Dell'Antonio


In a highly influential essay, Rose Rosengard Subotnik critiques “structural listening” as an attempt to situate musical meaning solely within the unfolding of the musical structure itself. The authors of this volume, prominent young music historians and theorists writing on repertories ranging from Beethoven to MTV, take up Subotnik's challenge. The chapters here explore not only the implications of the “structural listening” model but also the alternative listening strategies that have developed in specific communities, often in response to twentieth-century Western music.

Keywords: Rosengard Subotnik, musical meaning, musical structure, Beethoven, MTV, alternative listening strategies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520237575
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520237575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Dell'Antonio, editor