Postmodern Problems in European Musical Historiography
AbstractThis essay addresses the question what music historiography may learn from the postmodern discourse as it is developing around us. The general historiographic implications of the concept 'postmodernism', as an improvement of and progress over 'modernism ', seem to contradict its own message of incredulity towards progressist meta-narratives. A comparison is made between a negative attitude to the medieval past found in Renaissance humanism ('divided retrospection'), and postmodern discourses which apply the same optics to the last 200-250 years in Western culture. Some postmodern narratives concerning music are considered: anti-modernism, the Baroque and Early Music movement, the reception of early opera, and the debates about work-concept, autonomy and authorship. The paper points out a danger that Lyotard's definition of postmodernism as »incredulity towards meta-narratives« is being sacrificed to a new meta-narrative which applies a divided retrospection, separating a rejected modernist past from an 'only recently' achieved breakthrough or 'sea change' in cultural studies.
Copyright (c) 2000 Reinhard Strohm
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors are confirming that they are the authors of the submitting article, which will be published (print and online) in journal Musicological Annual by Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia). Author’s name will be evident in the article in journal. All decisions regarding layout and distribution of the work are in hands of the publisher.
- Authors guarantee that the work is their own original creation and does not infringe any statutory or common-law copyright or any proprietary right of any third party. In case of claims by third parties, authors commit their self to defend the interests of the publisher, and shall cover any potential costs.
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.