Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Who's listening? The right, the wrong, and the real in improvised music
by Katz, David I., M.F.A., Mills College, 2016, 55; 10133464
Abstract (Summary)

What does the current focus on identity as a medium of social exchange bring into the practice of improvised music? What happens to listening, spontaneity, empathy, freedom and generosity in this social climate? Is there somehow emerging within the music-improvisatory discourse a kind of de facto constraint, perhaps superimposed on the musical language from the larger cultural field? The frameworks of music sociology, object relations theory, political philosophy, pedagogy, music history and art criticism offer a backdrop against which the complex challenges of interpersonal communication can be seen in their relevance to the here and now of music improvisation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Frith, Fred, Parkins, Zeena
School: Mills College
Department: Music - Performance and Literature
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Music, Performing Arts
Keywords: Identity, Improvisation, Listening, Multiculturalism, Music sociology, Play
Publication Number: 10133464
ISBN: 9781339920443
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