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De-Canonizing Music History

Editor(s): Vesa Kurkela and Lauri Väkevä
Contributors: David Hebert, Christopher Wilkinson, Sonya Lawson, Janne Mäkelä, Roberta Lamb, Pekka Gronow, Lauri Väkevä,
Subject: Music

Book Description

This book is about musical canons and de-canonizing music history. Whenever music is critically examined, it is disciplined, ordered, and corrected; the canon functions as a basic tool in defining the scope of this disciplining. In recent music history, however, there has emerged a strong need to redefine the limits of the disciplining and to criticize the principles of canon formation. De-canonizing can be seen as a tool in this critique.

This book also shows how different styles and traditions in music have formed their own canons. Its main goal is to deconstruct these canons: to describe, analyze and problematize them in their variety. De-canonizing also refers to artistic crossover and cross-border encounters. In this book art meets popular, ethnic meets education, and avantgarde meets mainstream. Here musical past meets modern musicology, its various trends—and canons.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1391-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1391-5
Date of Publication: 01/12/2009
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £39.99


Vesa Kurkela (PhD, born in 1954) is professor of popular music studies at Sibelius Academy and University of Tampere. His research interests include history of popular music, social and economic history of music, music and media, music and ideology. He has written dozens of articles and five books of these topics, e.g. a history of Finnish popular music and a history of Finnish music publishing.

Lauri Väkevä (PhD, born in 1965) is professor of music education at Sibelius Academy. His research interests cover philosophy of music education, African-American music, music education technology and music history. He has written several articles on these topics.