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Musical Autonomy has a Social Justice Problem

American Musicological Society, 12 November 2022. The idea that music is inherently unique or non-representational among the arts is experiencing a renaissance, instigated by the recent ontological and materialist turns. Abbate (2005, 2018) and Gallope (2017) extol music's ineffability, while Brown (2019) praises music for…

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The Problem with Ineffability

Western University of Ontario, Annual Graduate Symposium, 17 August 2019. Lately, the notion of ineffability has enjoyed renewed attention in the musical studies community, thanks in part to Carolyn Abbate’s 2018 SMT keynote address. In a famous 2004 article, Abbate opposed ineffability to the practice…

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