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Edward Said s insights on music are always interesting but sometimes a little fuzzy with that tendency of academics to produce if not a word salad at least a sentence salad This is a collection of three lectures iven at the University of California Irvine the Wellek Library Lectures and as with most of Said s music writings they are interdisciplinary dipping into the ideas of Theodor Adorno Paul de Man Thomas Mann Michel Foucault Richard Poirier Proust and others In the first lecture Performance as an Extreme Occasion he laments the distance between the amateur "And The Professional Musician "the professional musician until some point in the early 20th century lots of people played instruments and played music at home at a high level for their own enjoyment but few people do so today and thus audiences at classical music concerts feel alienated from the absurd levels of proficiency and spectacle they see and hear onstage When he describes Maurizio Pollini s rendition of the Chopin Etude Op 10 No 1 perfect both technically and aesthetically. Filling a significant ap in contemporary cultural studies Musical Elaborations examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of musi. ,
Edward W. Said Ë 8 REVIEWThought to be densely constructed and rather hard
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"unido zerine yazd d rt el piyano e "zerine yazd d rt el piyano e dinliyorum misal I like the way Said thinks I like the way he writes I mean this a really ood book if you know some Adorno and uite a lot of classical music But for people trying to et into this kind of music I find the language he uses uite sterile Either he just enters the realm of affirmation by the means of poetic language which in the end doesn t explain much but his subjective point of view or he enters the realm of theoretical musical concepts which for non musicians is uite hard to understand I mean I repeat myself it s a really ood book if you already have much knowledge But what I m still looking for is someone who can write about music in just a way everyone can understand it without being superficia. Critic Edward W Said discusses "performers such as Glenn Gould Arturo Toscanini and Alfred Brendel and such composers as Beethoven Wagner "such as Glenn Gould Arturo Toscanini and Alfred Brendel and such composers as Beethoven Wagner Straus. It almost sounds like a complaint the randeur of Pollini s
techniue its scale and its dominating display and reach completely dispatchits scale and its dominating display and reach completely dispatch remnant of Chopin s original intention for the music which was to afford the pianist any pianist an entry into the relative seclusion and reflectiveness of problems of "techniue the extreme concert performance is a cultural occasion extreme concert performance is a cultural occasion upon specialized eccentric skills upon the performer s "The extreme concert performance is a cultural occasion staked upon specialized eccentric skills upon the performer s and histrionic personality fenced in by his or her obligatory muteness upon the audience s receptivity subordination and paying patience As ano A poignant attempt by this respected post colonialliterary and music critic to elicit a sense of Proustian emotional intimacy from within music as performer and analyst the aporia is he uses intellectual means to try to enter this ineffable emotional primarily realm of This is a neat little book if I didn t find it as satisfying as some of the musical essays in On Late Style or in Exile I admire Said s musical mind while expecting his. C Incorporating the music criticism of Adorno musical ideas from literary works by Proust and criticism by Benjamin and de Man into his work noted.