The Chosen One's Choice

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:
The Chosen One's Choice

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This chapter discusses an alternative to the structural listening proposed by Rose Subotnik is presented. This alternative approach rejects Subotnik's notion that one must choose between binary opposites. It considers structural elements as gestures, which do not represent meanings within abstracted two-dimensional spatial graphs, or communicate them through association or reasoning by analogy, but rather constitute part of the meaning of the original work as a performance event. The essay also critiques Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno and Richard Taruskin, who based on musical analysis, has provided ideological or philosophical critiques of Le Sacre. This chapter particularly questions the way these two authors defined human subjectivity based on immanent musical form, and how they use their conclusions to determine the humane value of Le Sacre. It also questions their structuralist analyses of Le Sacre by offering an alternative reading that recognizes the importance of bodily gesture in danced works of music.

Keywords: structural listening; Rose Subotnik; Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno; Richard Taruskin; Le Sacre; musical analysis

Chapter.  18016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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