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Introduction Beyond Structural Listening?

Andrew Dell'Antonio

in Beyond Structural Listening?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780520237575
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237575.003.0001
Introduction Beyond Structural Listening?

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This chapter presents an introduction to the book. The term structural listening describes an approach to listening that considers musical works as autonomous structures which is defined wholly through some implicit and intelligible principle of unity and it is used as a means to judge the value of musical works and their place in the musical canon. The ethical dimension of structural listening is thus deeply engrained in its ideal of organic necessity and reveals its quality to a disciplined listener who is prepared and willing to receive the composer's coherent structural message in complete detail. Structural listening also seeks to transcend the potential sloppiness and impreciseness inherent in the physical manifestations of sound. It also manifests itself through the structural necessity and organic completeness of the musical ideas that unfold from the beginning to the end of a musical work.

Keywords: structural listening; musical works; coherent structural message; sound; musical canon

Chapter.  5122 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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