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Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction$
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Arved Ashby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264793

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264793.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction
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Arved Ashby

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520264793.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses recordings and other media in American musicology. It reveals that there is no vernacular practice for the so-called classical music, and introduces the concept of vernacular art-musical practice. The chapter provides an account of absolute music during the second half of the twentieth century, showing how it has changed as an aesthetic paradigm, and then explains the role of technology in music and discusses media. It also provides several details on the topics discussed in the book.

Keywords:   recordings, American musicology, classical music, art-musical practice, absolute music, technology

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