Musical Virtues

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:
Musical Virtues

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This chapter presents a discussion on structural listening as a moral position and the various alternatives to it. It also discusses the essay “Toward a Deconstruction of Structural Listening: A Critique of Schoenberg, Adorno, and Stravinsky,” written by Rose Rosengard Subotnik which focuses on uncritically maintained musical formalism embodied in structural listening. According to her, Stravinsky, while seeking to divorce Hanslick's formalism from its idealist background, chose to ground it in overridingly quotidian concerns. According to Stravinsky, since music has nothing to do with genuine rationality, so it cannot have anything to do with genuine moral reasoning. In her essay, Subotnik also demonstrates that structural listening is appropriate for only a small selection of musical works and styles, and it requires a larger economy of models of listening and analysis for its effectiveness.

Keywords: structural listening; Rose Rosengard Subotnik; musical formalism; moral reasoning; Hanslick's formalism

Chapter.  12178 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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