The Eye of the Needle: Music as History after the Age of Recording

Leon Botstein

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Eye of the Needle: Music as History after the Age of Recording

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This article is concerned with the examination of music history. It first shows that the methodological and scholarly trends of the past two decades explicitly and implicitly reflect three modern cultural and political obsessions. It then shows that the shifting context and character of musical perception have influenced how people interpret what is historically significant in the history of music. The next section discusses the influence of recording in music history, as well as its parallelism in art historical scholarship.

Keywords: music history; trends; cultural obsessions; political obsessions; musical perception; historical significance; recording; parallelism; art historical scholarship

Article.  14071 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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