From Handel to Hendrix: The Composer in the Public Sphere

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Michael Chanan examines the fate of the composer through successive incarnations, from Handel, Bach and Mozart in the eighteenth century; by way of Liszt, Wagner and Debussy in the nineteenth; to Weill, Ellington, Cage and Boulez in the twentieth. Calling on recent work in feminist and gay musicology, he investigates themes such as subjectivity and identity in Schubert and Chopin alongside questions of the political economy of music and the composer's progressive marginalization from the center of musical life.

Taking his cue from the German philosopher's remarks about the bourgeois concert audience, the emergence of criticism and the development of autonomous music, Chanan examines the fate of the composer through successive incarnations, from Handel, Bach and Rousseau in the eighteenth century to contrasting examples such as Kurt Weill and Duke Ellington, or John Cage and Pierre Boulez, in the twentieth. Calling on recent work in feminist and gay musicology, he investigates themes such as subjectivity and identity in Schubert and Chopin alongside questions of the political economy of music and the composer's progressive marginalization from the center of musical life. The book continues Chanan's rethink of the relation between music and society pursued in two previous studies published by Verso, Musica Practica and Repeated Takes.

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Michael Chanan is a filmmaker, writer and teacher. He has written books on various aspects of film, including The Dream that Kicks and The Cuban Image. His other books include Musica Practica and Repeated Takes, both from Verso. REVIEW [P]eals forth like a paean of thanksgiving...[Chanan] applies his axe to a few myths, old and new. (LA Weekly)

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Praise for Michael Chanan's previous books: "[Repeated Takes] is elegant and impressively well-informed ... [Chanan] has a strong grasp of the way different musical cultures - different 'musics' - from Machaut to Maderna, Tin Pan Alley to dub reggae, have adapted themselves to the revolution they have been caught up in, and been changed by it." - London Review of Books "Bristling with details... [Repeated Takes] attempts to reconcile the various strands of its subject - the recording industry and the genres it has fostered or transformed - and to make sense of them." - New Statesman & Society "One of the real strengths of [Musica Practica] is its refusal to limit itself merely to the consideration of classical music ... a weighty tome, but well worth the effort." - BBC Music

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