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Music's intellectual history

Edited by Zdravko Blažeković and Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie
ISBN 978193276052/C
Price: $155
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Music’s intellectual history comprises 66 essays offering fascinating insights into the history of music scholarship from the Renaissance to the 20th century and demonstrating the natural partnership of RILM and historiographic investigation. The contributions address an array of subjects and perspectives that indicate the directions music scholarship has taken in the past, reveal the precedents of current scholarly habits, and suggest future paths for further pursuits. The articles—which began life as papers presented at RILM’s first conference—are grouped under the following sections:

  • PERSONALITIES: MUSIC SCHOLARS profiles key figures in the founding and furthering of music scholarship, from 16th-century theorists through 20th-century musicologists and ethnomusicologists.

  • PERSONALITIES: COMPOSERS brings new perspectives on the reception history of Bach, Händel, Wolf, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Ligeti.

  • NATIONAL STUDIES explores historiographic issues pertaining to the music histories of Africa, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, and the United States.

  • ENCYCLOPEDIAS presents methodological topics and the main lexicographical efforts of the 20th century in Germany, the USSR, and the United Kingdom.

  • PERIODICALS analyzes the significance of the German Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, the Serbian Gusle, and the French La revue musicale.

  • HISTORIOGRAPHY AND ITS DIRECTIONS contains articles that explore music scholarship’s relationships to fields including performance, fiction, biography, information theory, genealogy, and politics.

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A review from Fontes Artis Musicae

Music’s intellectual history is the inaugural volume of the RILM perspectives series.