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Out of TimeMusic and the Making of Modernity$
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Julian Johnson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190233273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233273.001.0001

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Being Everywhere

Being Everywhere

(p.117) Chapter 4 Being Everywhere
Out of Time

Julian Johnson

Oxford University Press

The spatial expansion of modernity, beginning with the voyages of discovery of the fifteenth century, was complemented by that of tonal space. The tensions of centre and periphery were played out both in tonality and in the geography of musical life—witness the rise of nationalism in the later nineteenth century, orientalism, and the globalization of music in the twentieth. Music’s apparent denial of its link to urban modernity masks a deep engagement with the experience of the city through the metaphor of the labyrinth. Similarly, music’s mediation of technology is concomitant with the history of instrumental music long before Futurism (witness the cases of both the piano and the symphony orchestra). This is particularly acute in musical automata which fascinate modernity from Descartes onwards. In ballet, opera, and instrumental works, music evidences a profound engagement with relays between the organic and the mechanical body.

Keywords:   centre and periphery, orientalism, tonal space, cities, labyrinth, Futurism, machines, piano, orchestra, automata

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