TITLE

Music in History: The Perils of Method in Reception History

AUTHOR(S)
Botstein, Leon
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
Musical Quarterly;Spring2006, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the study of using music, as evidence of the historical era in which it was conceived. This use of music can be compared to literature, where a writer's work is given significance by connecting it to its historical background and interpretation. An example presented is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose works reveal information about 19th century culture and politics. Giacomo Meyerbeer, his musical equivalent, has had his works dismissed after death. This is interpreted as a difference in point of view between past and present audiences. Present audiences find it difficult to connect with the past, because of the changed musical landscape created by advanced musical reproduction.
ACCESSION #
26154335

 

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