Vol. 30, No. 1 (2010)
Publication date: 2011-05-24
Number of articles: 12

Éditorial

La musicologie rend hommage à Claude Lévi-Strauss - PDF through Erudit

Pages 3-4
Authors(s): Sophie Stévance

Articles

Lévi-Strauss, brèves réflexions sur ses inspirations, sa démarche et son legs - PDF through Erudit

Pages 5-21
Authors(s): Nathalie Fernando

This article is based on a lecture given on the occasion of a workshop celebrating the centenary of Lévi-Strauss. The latter was intended to briefly summarize the nature of his structuralist gaze and the anthropological concerns that underlie his thinking. It also recalled the highlights of Lévi-Strauss’s research, which still allow many of the humanities to pose new challenges and face them while retaining the lessons of history.

La Pensée de Lévi-Strauss comme objet esthétique - PDF through Erudit

Pages 23-28
Authors(s): Jean-Jacques Nattiez

The author first recalls some of the public expressions of enthusiasm for the work of Lévi-Strauss, from Tristes Tropiques to today, including the unexpected opinions of a mechanic. Taking a strongly critical position toward the structuralist project for which the anthropologist has become the standard bearer, the author tries to explain the success of Lévi-Strauss through the aesthetic properties of his thinking. Drawing on an observation by John Molino to this end, he recalls that the categories of wholeness, harmony and radiance are found as equally among Platonists and Neoplatonists as among a contemporary American aesthetician. This permanence in time may suggest that there are some universal categories that incorporate the requisites of the beautiful. The author then shows that these can explain both levi-straussian thought and the works of Richard Wagner, which helps explain, at the same time, the fascination of Lévi-Strauss for this composer.

L’expérience sensible et son devenir abstrait: comment deux amis ont lié d’amitié deux disciplines - PDF through Erudit

Pages 29-64
Authors(s): Nicole Revel

It seems important to show how the intellectual affinities that united Roman Jakobson and Claude Lévi-Strauss have led to strong theoretical links between structural linguistics and the advent of structuralism in anthropology.

Lévi-Strauss, homme de sens et de paradoxe - PDF through Erudit

Pages 65-75
Authors(s): Monique Desroches

Through the lens of the ethnomusicologist, the author of this article provides food for thought about the work of this great master and raises some questions about his methodological position and his conception of ethnographic analysis. Without questioning the fertility and richness of the French anthropologist’s proposals, the article highlights some of Lévi-Strauss’s positions that deserve to be revisited and, at the very least, qualified if we want them to accord with the principles of contemporary ethnomusicology. The author focuses to this end on three aspects of the thought of Lévi-Strauss: the importance of place, and the concepts of time and change.

Structuralists contra Serialists? Claude Lévi-Strauss and Pierre Boulez on Avant-Garde Music - PDF through Erudit

Pages 77-94
Authors(s): Jonathan Goldman

The adepts of serial music since the end of the 1950s seemed destined to ally themselves with structuralist thought—the broadly defined intellectual movement that profoundly marked the social sciences and humanities. The importance of the metaphor of language to the serialist project of Pierre Boulez in particular seemed sufficient to pave the way towards a conceptual alliance between avant-garde music and structuralist thought. Nevertheless, Claude Lévi-Strauss’s acerbic pronouncements on serial music as well as musique concrète that appeared in the famous “Overture” to The Raw and the Cooked (1964) made it clear that Lévi-Strauss was no friend of the serialist project. Drawing on recent research by Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Nicolas Donin, and Frédéric Keck, this article will argue that the serialist compositional project of the postwar era, embodied primarily in the figure of Pierre Boulez, can be considered “structuralist” in the sense of the intellectual movement promulgated by Claude Lévi-Strauss, despite the latter’s denunciation of serial music.

Mytheme and Motif: Lévi-Strauss and Wagner - PDF through Erudit

Pages 95-116
Authors(s): John Leavitt

Starting with Claude Lévi-Strauss’s evaluation of Richard Wagner as “the undeniable father of the structural analysis of myth,” this paper compares Lévi-Strauss’s myth analysis with Wagner’s myth construction, arguing that each illuminates, clarifies, and potentially enriches the other.

Book Reviews

Yannick Simon. 2009. Composer sous Vichy. Lyon : Symétrie. Collection « Perpetuum Mobile », 424 p. ISBN 978-2-914373-57-9 - PDF through Erudit

Pages 117-123
Authors(s): Cécile Quesney

Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre et Jean-Pierre Pinson, avec la collaboration de Mireille Barrière et al. 2009. Chronologie musicale du Québec, 1535–2004 : Musique de concert et musique religieuse. Québec : Septentrion. 366 p. ISBN papier 978-2-89448-593-4 (couverture souple), ISBN PDF 978-2-89664-553-4 - PDF through Erudit

Pages 123-131
Authors(s): Louis Brouillette

Glenn Watkins. 2010. The Gesualdo Hex: Music, Myth, and Memory. New York: Norton. xviii + 384 pp. ISBN 978-0-393-07102-3 (hardcover) - PDF through Erudit

Pages 131-134
Authors(s): Graham Freeman

Mary S. Woodside and Neal Johnson, ed. and trans. 2008. The Russian Life of R.-Aloys Mooser, Music Critic to the Tsars: Memoirs and Selected Writings. Lewiston, NY: Mellen. 320 pp. ISBN 978-0-7734-5215-2 - PDF through Erudit

Pages 134-137
Authors(s): Anna Berman

John Deathridge. 2008. Wagner: Beyond Good and Evil. Berkeley: University of California Press. xiii, 302 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-25453-4 - PDF through Erudit

Pages 137-142
Authors(s): Daniel Sheridan
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