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.
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