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ORIENTALISM AND MUSICAL STYLE

Derek B. Scott

in FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONIC

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195151961
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.003.0008
ORIENTALISM AND MUSICAL STYLE

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This chapter examines constructions of the East in Western music, and the development of Orientalist styles independently of the objective conditions of non-Western musical practices. It explores a variety of questions concerning the impact of Orientalist ideology on Western music. Is there any consistency to be found in the way non-Western cultures have been represented? Is it often only the exotic, or the cultural Other, that is signified rather than a particular ethnic musical practice? Are there reductive sets of musical conventions that signify something vaguely Asian, Spanish or Chinese/Japanese and little else? When did these styles become recognizable? Once established, did they perpetuate themselves as musical discursive codes in which a musical text of the East replaced the actual East? Is there a change in representations of non-Western cultures that can be related to the growth of Western nationalism and imperialism?

Keywords: Asia; East; ethnic; imperialism; nationalism; opera; Said; Western

Chapter.  7275 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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