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Author Irvine, Thomas, author
Title Listening to China : sound and the Sino-Western encounter, 1770-1839 / Thomas Irvine
Imprint Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2020
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  ML3797.2.E87 I72 2020    AVAILABLE    30530001364843
 Modern History Library  780.951 I72    AVAILABLE    30550100683448
Descript 263 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Series New material histories of music
New material histories of music
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction. Process and perspective -- China and the enlightened ear -- Soundscapes in the contact zone : Listening in Canton, 1770-1839 -- Charles Burney discovers China -- Sound and the Macartney Mission, 1792-1794 -- Reading Burney listening to China -- Listening to China with Forkel and Marx -- Epilogue : sound and the Sino-Western encounter
"Listening to China is our first important foray in the field of global music history, which is rapidly establishing itself as the main area of growth in music studies. Compellingly and expertly written by a seasoned scholar, it tells the story of how Westerners experienced China with their ears at the time of the Sino-Western encounter of ca. 1800, and what this meant for their own construction of musical knowledge. It explores two kinds of Western practices of listening in and to China: ear-witness accounts by travelers to China, including diplomats, trade officials, and missionaries; and writings about Chinese music by European writers, philosophers, and music historians who constructed China's sound in their imaginations. The book's primary objective is a better understanding of how Westerners gained/gathered sonic knowledge of China and to investigate the aural dimensions of the Sino-Western encounter At the same time, the book reconsiders the idea of a specifically Western music history by showing how it was precisely the comparison with a great "other"--China--that helped the idea itself to emerge. Ultimately, the book draws attention to the importance of China for the construction of (musical) knowledge during and following the European Enlightenment."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Musicology -- Europe -- History -- 18th century
Musicology -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Musical criticism -- Europe -- History -- 18th century
Musical criticism -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Music -- China -- History and criticism
Europe -- Relations -- China
China -- Relations -- Europe
Burney, Charles, 1726-1814
Forkel, Johann Nikolaus, 1749-1818
Marx, Adolf Bernhard, 1795-1866
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