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Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

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Recordings are now the primary way we hear classical music, especially the more abstract styles of "absolute" instrumental music. In this original, provocative book, Arved Ashby argues that recording technology has transformed our understanding of art music. Contesting the laments of nostalgic critics, Ashby sees recordings as socially progressive and instruments of a musi ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Great consideration of the effects of recording on classical music in particular, from Fischer's Beethoven through Glenn Gould's Bach, to Karajan and into the digital era. Great read, with many excellent footnotes and a strong bibliography.
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone studying music.
Excellent box, worth a re-read. Delves into culture-studies speak occasionally, and some of the terms aren't properly defined, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. All the chapters contain nuggets of gold.
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Associate Professor, School of Music, Ohio State University

Areas of Expertise
• Music of fin-de-siécle Vienna
• Modernism and postmodern thinking
• Composition and music criticism
• Mass media, film studies, popular culture and historiography

Professor Ashby, a Fulbright scholar and AMS 50 fellow, studies European and American art music of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His doctoral work
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