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Author Adlington, Robert, author.

Title Musical models of democracy / Robert Adlington
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2024]


Description 1 online resource (unpaged) : color illustrations
Contents Deciding how to decide : the choices for democratic music-making -- Curating difference : Elliott Carter and modernist pluralism -- Admitting interests : on the openness of musical indeterminacy -- Empowering others : audience participation as 'democracy in action' -- Practising egalitarianism : free improvisation and the limits to inclusive music-making -- Ungrounded : musical models of democracy in the age of epistemic chaos
Summary "For 100 years and more, musicians have been drawn to the potential of musical processes and relationships to embody democratic principles. This book is the first extended study of this 'musical modelling of democracy', as manifested in modern and experimental music of the global North. Four different approaches are surveyed in turn. In the music of Elliott Carter, democratic principles shape the textural relationships inscribed in the musical score. The indeterminate music of John Cage and his associates sought to democratise the composer-performer relationship by leaving open fundamental decisions about the realisation of a piece. Musicians have involved audiences in active participation, as a means to liberate them from a passive spectatorship. Free improvisation groups have experimented with new kinds of egalitarian relationship between ensemble members, in an effort to reject old hierarchies"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 25, 2023)
Subject Music -- Political aspects
Modernism (Music) -- Political aspects
Aleatory music -- Political aspects
Improvisation (Music) -- Political aspects
Music -- Political aspects
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2023017606
ISBN 9780197658840