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The Hum of the World - A Philosophy of Listening (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer The Hum of the World - A Philosophy of Listening (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer
R683 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R204 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Hum of the World is an invitation to contemplate what would happen if we heard the world as attentively as we see it. Balancing big ideas with playful wit and lyrical prose, this imaginative volume identifies the role of sound in Western experience as the primary medium in which the presence and persistence of life acquire tangible form. The positive experience of aliveness is not merely in accord with sound, but inaccessible, even inconceivable, without it. Lawrence Kramer's poetic book roves freely over music, media, language, philosophy, and science from the ancient world to the present, along the way revealing how life is apprehended through sounds ranging from pandemonium to the faint background hum of the world. Easily moving from reflections on pivotal texts and music to the introduction of elemental concepts, this warm meditation on auditory culture uncovers the knowledge and pleasure made available when we recognize that the world is alive with sound.

Hart Crane's 'The Bridge' - An Annotated Edition (Hardcover, annotated edition): Lawrence Kramer Hart Crane's 'The Bridge' - An Annotated Edition (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Lawrence Kramer
R701 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R111 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Hart Crane's long poem The Bridge has steadily grown in stature since it was published in 1930. At first branded a noble failure by a few influential critics- a charge that became conventional wisdom-this panoramic work is now widely regarded as one of the finest achievements of twentieth-century American poetry. It unites mythology and modernity as a means of coming to terms with the promises, both kept and broken, of American experience. The Bridge is also very difficult. It is well loved but not well understood. Obscure and indirect allusions abound in it, some of them at surprisingly fine levels of detail. The many references to matters of everyday life in the 1920s may baffle or elude today's readers. The elaborate compound metaphors that distinguish Crane's style bring together diverse sources in ways that make it hard to say what, if anything, is "going on" in the text. The poem is replete with topical and geographical references that demand explication as well as identification. Many passages are simply incomprehensible without special knowledge, often special knowledge of a sort that is not readily available even today, when Google and Wikipedia are only a click away. Until now, there has been no single source to which a reader can go for help in understanding and enjoying Crane's vision. There has been no convenient guide to the poem's labyrinthine complexities and to its dense network of allusions-the "thousands of strands" that, Crane boasted, "had to be sorted out, researched, and interwoven" to compose the work. This book is that guide. Its detailed and far-reaching annotations make The Bridge fully accessible, for the first time, to its readers, whether they are scholars, students, or simply lovers of poetry.

The Thought of Music (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer The Thought of Music (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer
R734 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R267 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What, exactly, is knowledge of music? And what does it tell us about humanistic knowledge in general? The Thought of Music grapples directly with these fundamental questions-questions especially compelling at a time when humanistic knowledge is enmeshed in debates about its character and future. In this third volume in a trilogy on musical understanding that includes Interpreting Music and Expression and Truth, Lawrence Kramer seeks answers in both thought about music and thought in music-thinking in tones. He skillfully assesses musical scholarship in the aftermath of critical musicology and musical hermeneutics and in view of more recent concerns with embodiment, affect, and performance. This authoritative and timely work challenges the prevailing conceptions of every topic it addresses: language, context, and culture; pleasure and performance; and, through music, the foundations of understanding in the humanities. The publisher gratefully acknowledges the Joseph Kerman Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Interpreting Music (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Interpreting Music (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer
R617 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R141 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Interpreting Music" is a comprehensive essay on understanding musical meaning and performing music meaningfully - 'interpreting music' in both senses of the term. Synthesizing and advancing two decades of highly influential work, Lawrence Kramer fundamentally rethinks the concepts of work, score, performance, performativity, interpretation, and meaning - even the very concept of music - while breaking down conventional wisdom and received ideas. Kramer argues that music, far from being closed to interpretation, is ideally open to it, and that musical interpretation is the paradigm of interpretation in general. The book illustrates the many dimensions of interpreting music through a series of case studies drawn from the classical repertoire, but its methods and principles carry over to other repertoires just as they carry beyond music by working through music to wider philosophical and cultural questions.

Expression and Truth - On the Music of Knowledge (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Expression and Truth - On the Music of Knowledge (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer
R541 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R123 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Expression and truth are traditional opposites in Western thought: expression supposedly refers to states of mind, truth to states of affairs. "Expression and Truth" rejects this opposition and proposes fluid new models of expression, truth, and knowledge with broad application to the humanities. These models derive from five theses that connect expression to description, cognition, the presence and absence of speech, and the conjunction of address and reply. The theses are linked by a concentration on musical expression, regarded as the ideal case of expression in general, and by fresh readings of Ludwig WittgensteinOCOs scattered but important remarks about music. The result is a new conception of expression as a primary means of knowing, acting on, and forming the world.Recent years have seen the return of the claim that musicOCOs power resides in its ineffability. In "Expression and Truth," Lawrence Kramer presents his most elaborate response to this claim. Drawing on philosophers such as Wittgenstein and on close analyses of nineteenth-century compositions, Kramer demonstrates how music operates as a medium for articulating cultural meanings and that music matters too profoundly to be cordoned off from the kinds of critical readings typically brought to the other arts. A tour-de-force by one of musicologyOCOs most influential thinkers.OCoSusan McClary, "Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music."

Beyond the Soundtrack - Representing Music in Cinema (Paperback): Daniel Goldmark, Lawrence Kramer, Richard Leppert Beyond the Soundtrack - Representing Music in Cinema (Paperback)
Daniel Goldmark, Lawrence Kramer, Richard Leppert
R617 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R141 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This groundbreaking collection by the most distinguished musicologists and film scholars in their fields gives long overdue recognition to music as equal to the image in shaping the experience of film. Refuting the familiar idea that music serves as an unnoticed prop for narrative, these essays demonstrate that music is a fully imagined and active power in the worlds of film. Even where films do give it a supporting roleOCoand many do much moreOComusic makes an independent contribution. Drawing on recent advances in musicology and cinema studies, "Beyond the Soundtrack" interprets the cinematic representation of music with unprecedented richness. The authors cover a broad range of narrative films, from the silent era (not so silent) to the present. Once we think beyond the soundtrack, this volume shows, there is no unheard music in cinema."

Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge (Paperback, New Ed): Lawrence Kramer Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge (Paperback, New Ed)
Lawrence Kramer
R623 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R142 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A leading cultural theorist and musicologist opens up new possibilities for understanding mainstream Western art music--the "classical" music composed between the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries that is, for many, losing both its prestige and its appeal. When this music is regarded esoterically, removed from real-world interests, it increasingly sounds more evasive than transcendent. Now Lawrence Kramer shows how classical music can take on new meaning and new life when approached from postmodernist standpoints. Kramer draws out the musical implications of contemporary efforts to understand reason, language, and subjectivity in relation to concrete human activities rather than to universal principles. Extending the rethinking of musical expression begun in his earlier Music as Cultural Practice, he regards music not only as an object that invites aesthetic reception but also as an activity that vitally shapes the personal, social, and cultural identities of its listeners. In language accessible to nonspecialists but informative to specialists, Kramer provides an original account of the postmodernist ethos, explains its relationship to music, and explores that relationship in a series of case studies ranging from Haydn and Mendelssohn to Ives and Ravel.

Opera and Modern Culture - Wagner and Strauss (Paperback, New Ed): Lawrence Kramer Opera and Modern Culture - Wagner and Strauss (Paperback, New Ed)
Lawrence Kramer
R549 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R123 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this enlightening and entertaining book, one of the most original and sophisticated musicologists writing today turns his attention to music's most dramatic genre. Extending his ongoing project of clarifying music's various roles in Western society, Kramer brings to opera his distinctive and pioneering blend of historical concreteness and theoretical awareness. Opera is legendary for going to extremes, a tendency that has earned it a reputation for unreality. Opera and Modern Culture shows the reverse to be true. Kramer argues that for the past two centuries the preoccupation of a group of famous operas with the limits of supremacy and debasement helped to define a normality that seems the very opposite of the operatic. Exemplified in a series of beloved examples, a certain idea of opera--a fiction of opera--has contributed in key ways to the modern era's characterizations of desire, identity, and social order. Opera and Modern Culture exposes this process at work in operas by Richard Wagner, who put modernity on the agenda in ways no one after him could ignore, and by the young Richard Strauss. The book continues the initiative of much recent writing in treating opera as a multimedia rather than a primarily musical form. From Lohengrin and The Ring of the Niebelung to Salome and Elektra, it traces the rich interplay of operatic visions and voices and their contexts in the birth pangs of modern life.

The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Why Classical Music Still Matters (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Why Classical Music Still Matters (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer
R419 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R54 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

"What can be done about the state of classical music?" Lawrence Kramer asks in this elegant, sharply observed, and beautifully written extended essay. Classical music, whose demise has been predicted for at least a decade, has always had its staunch advocates, but in today's media-saturated world there are real concerns about its viability. "Why Classical Music Still Matters" takes a forthright approach by engaging both skeptics and music lovers alike.
In seven highly original chapters, "Why Classical Music Still Matters" affirms the value of classical music--defined as a body of nontheatrical music produced since the eighteenth century with the single aim of being listened to--by revealing what its values are: the specific beliefs, attitudes, and meanings that the music has supported in the past and which, Kramer believes, it can support in the future.
"Why Classical Music Still Matters" also clears the air of old prejudices. Unlike other apologists, whose defense of the music often depends on arguments about the corrupting influence of popular culture, Kramer admits that classical music needs a broader, more up-to-date rationale. He succeeds in engaging the reader by putting into words music's complex relationship with individual human drives and larger social needs. In prose that is fresh, stimulating, and conversational, he explores the nature of subjectivity, the conquest of time and mortality, the harmonization of humanity and technology, the cultivation of attention, and the liberation of human energy.

The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer 1870-1936... The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer 1870-1936 Peacock
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The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer... The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer 1870-1936 Peacock
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The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer 1870-1936... The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer 1870-1936 Peacock
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The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer... The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer 1870-1936 Peacock
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The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
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The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
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The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
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Expression and Truth - On the Music of Knowledge (Hardcover, New): Lawrence Kramer Expression and Truth - On the Music of Knowledge (Hardcover, New)
Lawrence Kramer
R1,204 R897 Discovery Miles 8 970 Save R307 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Expression and truth are traditional opposites in Western thought: expression supposedly refers to states of mind, truth to states of affairs. "Expression and Truth" rejects this opposition and proposes fluid new models of expression, truth, and knowledge with broad application to the humanities. These models derive from five theses that connect expression to description, cognition, the presence and absence of speech, and the conjunction of address and reply. The theses are linked by a concentration on musical expression, regarded as the ideal case of expression in general, and by fresh readings of Ludwig WittgensteinOCOs scattered but important remarks about music. The result is a new conception of expression as a primary means of knowing, acting on, and forming the world.Recent years have seen the return of the claim that musicOCOs power resides in its ineffability. In "Expression and Truth," Lawrence Kramer presents his most elaborate response to this claim. Drawing on philosophers such as Wittgenstein and on close analyses of nineteenth-century compositions, Kramer demonstrates how music operates as a medium for articulating cultural meanings and that music matters too profoundly to be cordoned off from the kinds of critical readings typically brought to the other arts. A tour-de-force by one of musicologyOCOs most influential thinkers.OCoSusan McClary, "Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music."

Interpreting Music (Hardcover, New): Lawrence Kramer Interpreting Music (Hardcover, New)
Lawrence Kramer
R1,130 R848 Discovery Miles 8 480 Save R282 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Interpreting Music" is a comprehensive essay on understanding musical meaning and performing music meaningfully - 'interpreting music' in both senses of the term. Synthesizing and advancing two decades of highly influential work, Lawrence Kramer fundamentally rethinks the concepts of work, score, performance, performativity, interpretation, and meaning - even the very concept of music - while breaking down conventional wisdom and received ideas. Kramer argues that music, far from being closed to interpretation, is ideally open to it, and that musical interpretation is the paradigm of interpretation in general. The book illustrates the many dimensions of interpreting music through a series of case studies drawn from the classical repertoire, but its methods and principles carry over to other repertoires just as they carry beyond music by working through music to wider philosophical and cultural questions.

The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia - A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics, Cultivation and History (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
R311 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R62 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Paperback): Lawrence Kramer Peacock The Dahlia; A Practical Treatise on Its Habits, Characteristics Cultivation and History (Paperback)
Lawrence Kramer Peacock
R329 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R64 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Drum-Taps (Paperback, Main): Lawrence Kramer, Walt Whitman Drum-Taps (Paperback, Main)
Lawrence Kramer, Walt Whitman
R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Walt Whitman worked as a nurse in an army hospital during the Civil War and published "Drum-Taps," his war poems, as the war was coming to an end. Later, the book came out in an expanded form, including "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's passionate elegy for Lincoln. The most moving and enduring poetry to emerge from America's most tragic conflict, "Drum-Taps" also helped to create a new, modern poetry of war, a poetry not just of patriotic exhortation but of somber witness. "Drum-Taps" is thus a central work not only of the Civil War but of our war-torn times. But "Drum-Taps" as readers know it from "Leaves of Grass" is different from the work of 1865. Whitman cut and reorganized the book, reducing its breadth of feeling and raw immediacy. This edition, the first to present the book in its original form since its initial publication 150 years ago, is a revelation, allowing one of Whitman's greatest achievements to appear again in all its troubling glory.

The Thought of Music (Hardcover): Lawrence Kramer The Thought of Music (Hardcover)
Lawrence Kramer
R1,205 R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Save R307 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What, exactly, is knowledge of music? And what does it tell us about humanistic knowledge in general? The Thought of Music grapples directly with these fundamental questions - questions especially compelling at a time when humanistic knowledge is enmeshed in debates about its character and future. In this third volume in a trilogy on musical understanding that includes Interpreting Music and Expression and Truth, Lawrence Kramer seeks answers in both thought about music and thought in music-thinking in tones. He skillfully assesses musical scholarship in the aftermath of critical musicology and musical hermeneutics and in view of more recent concerns with embodiment, affect, and performance. This authoritative and timely work challenges the prevailing conceptions of every topic it addresses: language, context, and culture; pleasure and performance; and, through music, the foundations of understanding in the humanities. The publisher gratefully acknowledges the Joseph Kerman Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Music as Cultural Practice, 1800-1900 (Paperback, Revised): Lawrence Kramer Music as Cultural Practice, 1800-1900 (Paperback, Revised)
Lawrence Kramer
R568 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R129 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In Music as Cultural Practice, Lawrence Kramer adapts the resources of contemporary literary theory to forge a genuinely new discourse about music. Rethinking fundamental questions of meaning and expression, he demonstrates how European music of the nineteenth century collaborates on equal terms with textual and sociocultural practices in the constitution of self and society. In Kramer's analysis, compositional processes usually understood in formal or emotive terms reappear as active forces in the work of cultural formation. Thus Beethoven's last piano sonata, Op. 111, forms both a realization and a critique of Romantic utopianism; Liszt's Faust Symphony takes bourgeois gender ideology into a troubled embrace; Wagner's Tristan und Isolde articulates a basic change in the cultural construction of sexuality. Through such readings, Kramer works toward the larger conclusion that nineteenth-century European music is concerned as much to challenge as to exemplify an ideology of organic unity and subjective wholeness. Anyone interested in music, literary criticism, or nineteenth-century culture will find this book pertinent and provocative.

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