Foreword: amateur bands, their localities, and their challenges – the lessons of history

Herbert, Trevor (2018). Foreword: amateur bands, their localities, and their challenges – the lessons of history. In: Reily, Suzel A. and Brucher, Katherine eds. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking. Routledge Music Companions. Abingdon: Routledge, xv-xxv.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315687353

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Abstract

In January 2001, Christopher Small gave a lecture in New York City that was subsequently published in the journal American Music (Small 2001). Its title was an accurate abstract of its content: "Why doesn't the whole world like chamber music?" Small's audience for the original talk was the annual conference of Chamber Music America, so it will come as no surprise that its reception was equivocal. The main storyline of his presentation was a variant of themes contained in his monographs Music and the Common Tongue: Survival and Celebration in African American Music (1987) and more particularly Musicking: The Meanings of Performing and Listening (1998). His advocacy of performance, the total meaning that performance implies and contains, and a rejection of what he saw as the treatment of performance as ephemera was a constant in his utterances after the publication of Musicking, and this should be seen as an evangelical loyalty to an idea that was to become widely established.

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