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FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONICOn Critical Musicology$
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Derek B. Scott

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.001.0001

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ORIENTALISM AND MUSICAL STYLE

ORIENTALISM AND MUSICAL STYLE

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FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONIC
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Derek B. Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.003.0008

This chapter examines constructions of the East in Western music, and the development of Orientalist styles independently of the objective conditions of non-Western musical practices. It explores a variety of questions concerning the impact of Orientalist ideology on Western music. Is there any consistency to be found in the way non-Western cultures have been represented? Is it often only the exotic, or the cultural Other, that is signified rather than a particular ethnic musical practice? Are there reductive sets of musical conventions that signify something vaguely Asian, Spanish or Chinese/Japanese and little else? When did these styles become recognizable? Once established, did they perpetuate themselves as musical discursive codes in which a musical text of the East replaced the actual East? Is there a change in representations of non-Western cultures that can be related to the growth of Western nationalism and imperialism?

Keywords:   Asia, East, ethnic, imperialism, nationalism, opera, Said, Western

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