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Ways of ListeningAn Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning$
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Eric F. Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151947.001.0001

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Autonomy/Heteronomy and Perceptual Style

Autonomy/Heteronomy and Perceptual Style

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(p.126) 5 Autonomy/Heteronomy and Perceptual Style
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Ways of Listening
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Eric F. Clarke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151947.003.0006

This chapter starts by acknowledging that much of the discussion of music in the previous chapters has focused on music that has a strong and obvious link to materials outside music (texts, dramatic or narrative context, ideological allegiances), and considers whether and how the ecological approach can shed light on the so-called absolute and autonomous music of the Western canon. After a brief discussion of the concepts of autonomy and heteronomy, the chapter moves to a discussion of autonomy and ecology, and from there to a discussion of different listening styles. A number of different characterizations of listening are presented, including two typologies — by Theodor Adorno and Pierre Schaeffer. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the specific character of autonomous music and the particular kind of consciousness that it can afford.

Keywords:   structural listening, absolute music, consciousness, Theodor Adorno, Pierre Schaeffer

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