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Global Perspectives on OrchestrasCollective Creativity and Social Agency$
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Tina K. Ramnarine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199352227

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199352227.001.0001

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Orchestral connections in the cultures of decolonizationreflections on British, Caribbean and Indian contexts

Orchestral connections in the cultures of decolonizationreflections on British, Caribbean and Indian contexts

(p.324) 17 Orchestral connections in the cultures of decolonization
Global Perspectives on Orchestras

Tina K. Ramnarine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines orchestras in relation to the cultures of decolonization in Britain, the Caribbean and India. It adopts comparative, ethnographic and reflexive views of orchestras (symphony, steel and Indian film) to explore bordering practices and the politics of memory. The discussion focuses on the traumatic as well as transformative aspects of memory, the articulation of different subject positions, and the orchestra as a musical institution which is implicated in the cultural transitions of decolonizing politics. Theoretical tools for thinking about orchestras, empire, heritage and reclamation are drawn from postcolonial critiques and the new histories of empire. The argument emphasizes the potential of comparison as a mode of theorization and as a route to revisionist histories, as well as the political aspects of orchestral practices.

Keywords:   symphony orchestra, steel orchestra, Indian film orchestra, comparative theorydecolonization, postcolonialism, postcolonial performance

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