Journal article

'For whom the bell tolls': Listening and its Implications

David RM Irving

JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL MUSICAL ASSOCIATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

This response highlights the cultural specificity of the 'work-concept' and questions the tripartite scheme of listening proposed by John Butt. It offers an alternative set of listening categories, and makes reference to the issues of early-modern class structures and the role of music in religious devotions. The argument is supported by critiques of historical vignettes that include the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's transcription of Gregorio Allegri's Miserere and Jean Joseph Marie Amiot's demonstration of French music to a Chinese audience in the mid-eighteenth century.