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Reveling in the Rubble: The Postmodern Condition

Susan McClary

in Conventional Wisdom

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221062
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221062.003.0005
Reveling in the Rubble: The Postmodern Condition

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This chapter explores some aspects of the current musical scene, in which several long-dispelled conventions have returned home to roost. Indeed, to a great extent, the present moment and our difficulties as musicologists in making sense of it have shaped this entire book. It is the urgency of our predicament that led the author to study the blues seriously, to reflect on European culture's investment in tonality, and to explore alternative ways of understanding the course of music history.

Keywords: European culture; tonality; music history; musical scene

Chapter.  9878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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