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Book Title: Music at the Limits|
The author of the book: Edward Said
Edition: Columbia University Press
Date of issue: 2007
ISBN 13: 9780231139366
Format files: PDF
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"Music at the Limits" is the first book to bring together three decades of Edward W. Said's essays and articles on music. Addressing the work of a variety of composers, musicians, and performers, Said carefully draws out music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically trained pianist, provides rich and often surprising assessments of classical music and opera.
"Music at the Limits" offers both a fresh perspective on canonical pieces and a celebration of neglected works by contemporary composers. Said faults the Metropolitan Opera in New York for being too conservative and laments the way in which opera superstars like Pavarotti have "reduced opera performance to a minimum of intelligence and a maximum of overproduced noise." He also reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the worrisome trend of proliferating music festivals; an opera based on the life of Malcolm X; the relationship between music and feminism; the pianist Glenn Gould; and the works of Mozart, Bach, Richard Strauss, and others.
Said wrote his incisive critiques as both an insider and an authority. He saw music as a reflection of his ideas on literature and history and paid close attention to its composition and creative possibilities. Eloquent and surprising, "Music at the Limits" preserves an important dimension of Said's brilliant intellectual work and cements his reputation as one of the most influential and groundbreaking scholars of the twentieth century.
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Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.
Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.
He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests were in many fields, including literature, musics and Palestinian issues. He was best-known by his tireless roles of supporting Palestine's freedom and countering violence in Middle East.
His first and most important work Orientalism published in 1978 is a groundbreaking criticism of systematic conceptual invention of "East" and "West" by European imperialists and its influenced intellectuals and writers. It is influenced in such fields as literary criticism and cultural studies.
He was recognised as one of the founders of the study of postcolonialism.
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