• In re: Experimental Analysis

    Author(s):
    William Brooks (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Music, United States, Twentieth century, Musical analysis, Pragmatism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    experimental music, John Cage, 20th-century American music, Music analysis
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/xqp9-0461
    Abstract:
    This article begins by considering the interaction of notation and analysis by means of a comparison of scores from the 1950s. This discussion leads to the domains of error, value, and ethics. An ‘experimental’ mode of analysis is proposed, which takes taxonomy and statistics as a basis; from this one acquires an understanding that is observational rather than evaluative. A philosophical basis is noted in pragmatism, in the writings of James and Peirce. The consequences of this approach are explored through detailed study of Music for Piano and the compositional process that Cage employed; certain anomalies emerge.
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    Published
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