Musical Practice as a Form of Life

How Making Music Can be Meaningful and Real

Eva-Maria Houben

Transcript-Verlag

Musical Practice as a Form of Life

Pub Date: December 2019

ISBN: 9783837645736

240 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $55.00

Musical Practice as a Form of Life

How Making Music Can be Meaningful and Real

Eva-Maria Houben

Transcript-Verlag

How is musical practice connected with everyday life? Eva-Maria Houben shows that performing music as an activity—indeed, as playing—is a meaningful shift from an approach based on structural analysis. Musical practice, Eva-Maria Houben contends, can be understood as open and never finished. Such an emphasis on repetition offers freedom from perfection, productivity, and purpose, thus allowing meaning to unfold in specific situations, places, and relationships. Musical practice can become a form of life and a reality in its own right. The study includes musical examples from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries as well as contemporary music.

About the Author

Eva-Maria Houben (Prof. Dr. phil.), born in 1955, teaches musicology with a focus on musical theory at TU Dortmund, Germany. She is also a composer, organist and pianist.