Thinking About Music, University Of Cincinnati

Two polar positions on a definition of ethnomusicology” are most frequently enunciated: the first is embodied in such statements as ethnomusicology is the total study of non-Western music,” and the second in ethnomusicology is the study of music in culture.” The first derives from a supposition that ethnomusicology should concern itself with certain geographical areas of the world; those who hold this point of view tend to treat the music structurally. Meyer deliberately eschewed logical and philosophical problems of music and made no attempt to decide whether music is a language or whether musical stimuli are signs or symbols.” (He did not defend the inference that such concerns are irrelevant to meaning.) Musical meaning and communication, he maintained, cannot exist in the absence of the cultural context.

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In England large orchestras had played at the Handel festivals since 1784, and in France gigantic orchestras were assembled by Berlioz in connection with the political demonstrations and events of 1830, 1837 (an orchestra of 146 plus 4 auxiliary orchestras), 1841, 1848, and 1851.