Extending the inquiry of his early groundbreaking books, Christopher Small strikes at the heart of traditional studies of Western music by asserting that music is. Musicking is part of that iconic, gestural process of giving and receiving the implications of Christopher Small’s ‘musicking’ for general music education. Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening by Christopher Small. CHRISTOPHER SMALL. Musicking. THE MEANINGS OF. PERFORMING AND.

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Christopher Neville Charles Small 17 March — 7 September was a New Zealand-born musician, educator, lecturer, and author of a number of influential books and articles in the fields of musicologysociomusicology and ethnomusicology. Jacques Muscking rated it it was amazing Aug 12, As a frequent concert goer, I will definitely read this book many times in the future.

He retired from teaching in and moved to SitgesSpain, where he lived with his partner Neville Braithwaite a Jamaican-born dancer, singer, and youth worker whom he married in To music is to take part, in any capacity, in a musical performance, whether by performing, by listening, by rehearsing or practicing, by providing material for performance what is called composingor by dancing.

Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening by Christopher Small

musickig Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Music and Musicking pp. In this new book, Small outlines a theory of what he terms “musicking,” a verb that encompasses all musical activity from composing to performing to listening to a Walkman to singing in the shower. Account Options Sign in.

Emily Hilliard rated it really liked it Jan 09, A radical and nuanced reading of our contemporary “classical music culture,” brilliantly argued and very expressively written. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Small uses Musicking to deconstruct a symphony orchestra and as a result is able to create an inclusive definition of music that includes virtually everyone who may have any influence on the outcome of a performance, reaching far beyond the composer, musicians, and audience to also include building workers, popcorn vendors, and more.


This conservative canon is extended in a sophisticated way into the playlist of BBC Radio 3 and, in a banal way, to Classic Fm.

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Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening (Music Culture)

They may even feel something like awe. Another small avant guard scene is reserved for experimentalism and critique.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Sep 03, Sarah Beaudoin rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history. A Vision of Order pp. Interlude 3 Socially Constructed Meanings. Shapiro No preview available – Sep 11, Bennett rated it it was amazing.

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Small seeks to find the meaning of the concert in the relationships between the people who make and attend this event rather that the relationships of notes in the score.

Oct 15, Andy rated it really liked it Shelves: Interlude 2 The Mother of All the Arts pp. Anyways, it was amusing in the beginning, too musickiny details in the middle it may be because I just wrote a doctoral thesis on this topic, and so a lot of his claims were familiar to meand Muicking didn’t read the end.

The logistics and infrastructure of a modern performance are very far from spontaneous. Using Gregory Bateson’s philosophy of mind and a Geertzian thick description of a typical concert in a typical symphony hall, Small demonstrates how musicking forms a ritual through which all the participants explore and celebrate the relationships that constitute their social identity.


Often, I laughed out loud the way people laugh when true things that are difficult to actually verbalize is said by someone else. I agreed with Small’s thinking a lot in those days, and I think I still fall into that direction but I want to re-read this book to see if any of my views have changed.

That’s what this book is about. Wesleyan University Press Series: Overall, Musicking creates a chrietopher definition of music, and the book itself is very readable. The simultaneous inward and outward flow of information that goes on throughout the performance is made possible by the fact that the language of the information is not that of words but of gestures” p.

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Performers and listeners alike are isolated here from the world of their everyday lives. Use dmy dates from November Fourth the vhristopher sets the upper limit of what can be achieved. Other editions – View all Musicking: The act of musicking establishes in jusicking place where it is happening a set of relationships, and it is in those relationships that the meaning of the act lies.

Dec 27, Lidia rated it it was amazing.