After Teleology

Jeremy Grimshaw

in Draw a Straight Line and Follow It

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740208
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918713 | DOI:
After Teleology

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This concluding chapter includes brief discussions of some of Young’s later works (including Chronos Kristalla and Just Charles & Cello) and seeks to draw together the various strands of Young’s oeuvre using Daniel Albright’s examination of the figure of Laocoön. Albright outlines the concepts of the “decorum of time” and “the decorum of space” as they operate, respectively, in the arenas of music and visual art, and shows how they become blurred in the modernist era. Young’s works fit problematically within this framework, because his agenda of “getting inside the sound” results in works that conflate the temporal with the spatial. This chapter also considers the concept of teleology, or goal-directedness, and argues that even Young’s most temporally static, spatially oriented works have an element of teleology, grounded not in the music’s temporal unfolding but in its mystical aspirations.

Keywords: musical teleology; Daniel Albright; Just Charles and Cello; Chronos Kristalla; Laocoön

Chapter.  3580 words. 

Subjects: American Music ; Music Theory and Analysis

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