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The Taruskin Challenge

Two grad students blog their way through a monumental musicological work.

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TC Wrap Upmarksamples

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 23:44:27 +0000

At its close, Zach and Mark took some time to discuss the Taruskin Challenge and reflect on the experience.MS: Well, here we are at the end of the Taruskin Challenge. I remember when you called me up and proposed that we read through the OHWM together, discussing as we went along. How has the experience […]

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Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:30:37 +0000

…finished! The Taruskin Challenge is officially over for me. (How about you Zach?) It’s bizarre to think about what my life was like when we started this Challenge. I was a student and hadn’t started my dissertation yet. Now I’m no longer a student, and the dissertation has been on the shelf for 10 months. […]

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After the Endmarksamples

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 01:02:43 +0000

As we are at the end of our project, the conference honoring Prof. Taruskin is just beginning. This weekend at Princeton, “After The End of Music History: An International Conference in Honor of Richard Taruskin,” is underway. There look to be many exciting things going on there this weekend, including the world premieres of the Prokofiev/Krzhizhanovsky […]

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Cognitive Constraints?Zach Wallmark

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 23:24:32 +0000

In the waning years of the Cold War, academic modernism began suffering from a gap in credibility, leading many (including defectors) to question its relevance. (In Susan McClary’s words, it was a victim of “terminal prestige.”) Objections to the handsomely brutal aesthetic of “Ph.D. music” were legion, but one of the most devastating blows came […]

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Notation’s Last Hurrah?marksamplesFerneyhough QuartetFaeries Aire and Death Waltz

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:47:47 +0000

As the opening frame to his final chapter on music in a postliterate society, Taruskin examines what he considers literate music’s last grasp for ultimate authority. The music of two English composers, Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy, represents this final and—in Taruskin’s estimation—ultimately futile maneuver. Their music is typically incredibly dense on the page, and […]

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Turning Back the ClockZach Wallmark

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 03:24:32 +0000

Using an innocent language innocently—using tonality “in one’s own way”—is no longer even an option. The choice is bleak: either renounce expression altogether or borrow a voice.  — V, 435 The tumultuous late 20th century presented composers with a number of perhaps irreconcilable aesthetic challenges. Modernists like Carter and Babbitt pressed on with the historicist […]

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Historicism in RockZach Wallmark

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:10:25 +0000

In the midst of the cultural turmoil of the sixties, popular musicians began drawing on the prestige (and dysfunctions) of the classical world. Thus in the middle of the decade we get some of the first rock albums that can be heard and respected as “art,” exemplified in Ch.7 (predictably) by Sgt. Pepper, an album […]

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The Key to Orderlinessmarksamples

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 01:05:32 +0000

Anyone who finds beauty in orderliness and control will find it here. (Vol. V, p. 142)

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The Taruskin Challenge’s 200th Postmarksamples199 Posts

Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:37:38 +0000

  (click on the image for a bigger scale) Many weeks and pages after beginning our project, The Taruskin Challenge has reached its 200th post. To commemorate, I used a handy tool to create this visual representation of the content of our blog. What you see here is a scaled representation of the words in […]

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orderliness: a precompositional blog post (à la Structures Ia)marksamples

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 05:57:49 +0000

Beauty finds find will control and in who anyone it orderliness here, in beauty it find will control orderliness finds who here and anyone (find will beauty finds who anyone it control and in here orderliness) it find in beauty finds who here will control orderliness anyone and—here it orderliness in beauty finds anyone find […]

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