Music books and sociability

Wistreich, R. (2011) Music books and sociability. Il Saggiatore Musicale: Rivista Semestrale di Musicologia, 18. pp. 230-246. ISSN 1123-8615 (print) 2035-6706 (online)

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In the opening essay of his 1992 collection, The Order of Books, Roger Chartier drew attention to the way that studies of the histoire du livre might fail to give an adequate account of the cultural function of early modern books by ignoring two interrelated aspects of the act of reading itself: first, that reading is an embodied practice and second, that it is a social one. Chartier recalled that ‘Reading is not uniquely an abstract operation of the intellect: it brings the body into play, it is inscribed in a space and a relationship with oneself and with others’, going on to propose that ‘special attention should be paid’ to one crucial aspect of early modern reading practice that has largely disappeared in the contemporary world – ‘reading aloud’. [Quotations from Roger Chartier, The Order of Books: Readers, Authors and Libraries in Europe between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries, trans. Lydia G. Cochrane (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1994), p. 8; originally published as L’ordre des livres (Aix-en-Provence: Alinéa, 1992).]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article forms part of the 'Interventi: Imparare, leggere, comprare musica nell’Europa del Cinquecento' section of the journal [‘Learning, reading and buying music in sixteenth-century Europe’] which presents excerpts of papers given at the 13th Symposium of Musicology of the Saggiatore Musicale held from 20–22 November 2009 in Bologna.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Publishing and printing, musical texts, reading aloud, musical performance, musicking
Subjects: Music History
Music and society
Division: Musicology
Depositing User: Ms Katharine Liley
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 11:01
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 11:01

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