I'm presenting on postmodern music and looking primarily at Jonathan D. Kramer's article “The Nature and Origins of Musical Postmodernism” (you can check it out here: http://books.google.com/books?id=hqiSnCkVU4cC&pg=PA8&dq=Postmodern+Music/Postmodern+Thought&ei=WQC8Se6VCpjAzQTkgP3JAQ#PPA13,M1).
here are some thoughts/questions to ponder:
How would you define postmodern music? Think of an example of what you would consider as postmodern music. Why?
In keeping with the discussion from last week about postmodernism and film, can a piece of music be exclusively postmodern? Can postmodernism be a specific genre of music?
Consider Barthe’s “Death of the Author”, does this apply to music composition as well? If so, where is the place for the songwriter? Can a songwriter or composer take ownership of their song? Does it make a difference to know who wrote a particular song?
Jonathan Kramer says that a characteristic of postmodern music is that “includes quotations of or references to music of many traditions and cultures” and that it appeals to and embraces the past. If postmodern music is appealing to the past and adopting musical techniques from other musical time periods, then can it be unique and creative?
This idea is similar to “pastiche,” which is a work composed from elements borrowed either from various other composers/songwriters or from a particular earlier composer/songwriter. We will be delving into the song “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles in class. If you have time, listen to the song and see if you can pick out characteristics of pastiche or postmodern music (based on the above quote) in it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzJ2NKp23WU