Speaker:Dr Paul Binski, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Aspects of Art Lecture, delivered by Professor John Butt FBA, on 6 November 2007. This lecture presents the thesis that what is generally understood by western ‘classical music’ is of a piece with ‘modernity’, something that makes it exceptional rather than the norm within the context of world music. While classical music is difficult to isolate entirely from all other forms of music in terms of its materials and structure, it is more securely defined in relation to a particular historical tendency which embraces an ensemble of cultural practices. One of the ways it relates in particular to modernity is through its association with a particular range of human subjects.