"The Mind is Listening": Listening for Meaning in Steve Reich's 'The Desert Music'

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193300
Title:
"The Mind is Listening": Listening for Meaning in Steve Reich's 'The Desert Music'
Author:
Fisher, Sarah Lynn
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This thesis examines _The Desert Music_ by Steve Reich in the context of the composer's artistic perspective and advocates studying the subjective listening experience as a tool for musical analysis. Challenging conventional approaches in musicology and music theory, this work examines how a specific analytical approach in turn shapes the values assigned to that work. Systematic documentation of the author's listening experience is presented as an application of this premise and as a template to use in subsequent investigations of how other listeners respond to the work. The author concludes, mirroring the ideas implied in _The Desert Music_ itself, that instead of suppressing individual responses as opinions too myriad and divergent to be relevant, we should recognize that these reactions are products of shared cultural experience and that discussing them collectively may lead to powerful revelations about artistic meaning that may not emerge any other way.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Steve Reich; The Desert Music; meaning; listening analysis
Degree Name:
MM
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Music; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Sturman, Janet L.
Committee Chair:
Sturman, Janet L.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.title"The Mind is Listening": Listening for Meaning in Steve Reich's 'The Desert Music'en_US
dc.creatorFisher, Sarah Lynnen_US
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Sarah Lynnen_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines _The Desert Music_ by Steve Reich in the context of the composer's artistic perspective and advocates studying the subjective listening experience as a tool for musical analysis. Challenging conventional approaches in musicology and music theory, this work examines how a specific analytical approach in turn shapes the values assigned to that work. Systematic documentation of the author's listening experience is presented as an application of this premise and as a template to use in subsequent investigations of how other listeners respond to the work. The author concludes, mirroring the ideas implied in _The Desert Music_ itself, that instead of suppressing individual responses as opinions too myriad and divergent to be relevant, we should recognize that these reactions are products of shared cultural experience and that discussing them collectively may lead to powerful revelations about artistic meaning that may not emerge any other way.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectSteve Reichen_US
dc.subjectThe Desert Musicen_US
dc.subjectmeaningen_US
dc.subjectlistening analysisen_US
thesis.degree.nameMMen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSturman, Janet L.en_US
dc.contributor.chairSturman, Janet L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBrobeck, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosenblatt, Jayen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2519en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659748465en_US
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