Boulez, Music and Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 19, 2010 - Music - 281 pages
While acknowledging that Pierre Boulez is not a philosopher, and that he is wary of the potential misuse of philosophy with regard to music, this study investigates a series of philosophically charged terms and concepts which he uses in discussion of his music. Campbell examines significant encounters which link Boulez to the work of a number of important philosophers and thinkers, including Adorno, Lévi-Strauss, Eco and Deleuze. Relating Boulez's music and ideas to broader currents of thought, the book illuminates a number of affinities linking music and philosophy, and also literature and visual art. These connections facilitate enhanced understanding of post-war modernist music and Boulez's distinctive approach to composition. Drawing on a wide range of previously unpublished documentary sources and providing musical analysis of a number of key scores, the book traces the changing musical, philosophical and intellectual currents which inform Boulez's work.
 

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Contents

1 Preparing the ground
1
2 Early influences and movements
10
3 Dialectic negation and binary oppositions
37
4 Boulez Adorno and serial critique
68
5 Deduction and the scientific model
97
6 Serialism and structuralism
112
7 Poststructuralist encounters
138
8 Boulez difference and repetition
154
9 Expanding the virtual
193
10 Continuity and discontinuity of space and time
219
In conclusion
253
References
258
Index
274
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Edward Campbell is a lecture in the Music Department of the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, Where he coordinates the music education programmds and teaches courses in aesthetics, contempoary muisc, music education and visual culture. He is also a participant in the University's Centre for Modern Thought.

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