Contrary to my slightly facetious post yesterday about the “labor” of reading OHWM, I have to say that the reading so far has been an absolute pleasure. Here we have a magnum opus (if one can have a magnum opus with so much of his career left in front of him) from one of theContinue reading “On a More Serious Note”
This Richard Taruskin interview conducted at the U of Oregon doesn’t shed too much light on the OHWM, but he talks a bit about his life and background (first half of the interview) and his thoughts on music and censorship (last half).
It’s launch day. I can’t decide whether it’s apt or ironic that we are beginning on Labor Day. Look for our first posts on the body of the text to begin surfacing this week. Here we go!
[Vol. 1, pp. xiii-xxii] Before launching into the project tomorrow, I wanted to briefly take stock of the critical and analytical perspectives Taruskin discusses in the introduction. At a diminutive 9 pages, the intro essay lays out a handful of musicological issues that will be taken up in greater detail throughout the work. Taruskin’s listContinue reading “Frameworks, Perspectives, and Issues in OHWM”
[Vol. 1, pp. xiii-xxii] The question of meaning in music is one of the most fascinating – and rancorous – inquiries in contemporary musicology. As Mark cogently points out, the question is a highly nuanced one, yet the default position of many in our culture is the old maxim – music is a universal language.Continue reading “More Thoughts on Musical Meaning”
[Vol. 1, pp. xiii-xxii] Meaning and music. Their relationship is ambivalent at best. Is musical meaning associative, like a language whose syllables and patterns are collected and understood by the initiated listener? Or is it inherent, including certain physical reactions to vibrations of sound waves that hit every body in the same way? I poseContinue reading “Meaning in (of? through? attached to? inherent in?) Music”
Even the packaging is formidable; it is crafted like a monumental pyramid. Specs weight: 16.5 lbs elevation: 10.5 inches terrain: steep rating: not for beginners
Monumental, gargantuan things captivate us. Whether it be the world’s biggest ball of twine, the county’s fattest pig, or the Grand Canyon, objects that are supersized and beyond all reasonable scale thrill people. We delight at the dwarfing influence of big things – standing next to a Redwood tree, one is less likely to reflectContinue reading “The Challenge”