Autonomy/Heteronomy and Perceptual Style

Eric F. Clarke

in Ways of Listening

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195151947
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870400 | DOI:
Autonomy/Heteronomy and Perceptual Style

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This chapter starts by acknowledging that much of the discussion of music in the previous chapters has focused on music that has a strong and obvious link to materials outside music (texts, dramatic or narrative context, ideological allegiances), and considers whether and how the ecological approach can shed light on the so-called absolute and autonomous music of the Western canon. After a brief discussion of the concepts of autonomy and heteronomy, the chapter moves to a discussion of autonomy and ecology, and from there to a discussion of different listening styles. A number of different characterizations of listening are presented, including two typologies — by Theodor Adorno and Pierre Schaeffer. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the specific character of autonomous music and the particular kind of consciousness that it can afford.

Keywords: structural listening; absolute music; consciousness; Theodor Adorno; Pierre Schaeffer

Chapter.  9833 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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