Notes and Narratives
Una Hunt and Mary Pierse
Wine and Music: An Emerging Cultural Relationship
Food and wine have always been synonymous with the arts. At times, they have acted as subject, sometimes as muse and more recently even as the art form itself. In recent years, Western society has become more and more exposed to endless streams of gastronomically-related material from all forms of media. Formerly considered as a subject that was the preserve of an aristocratic class, gastronomy has now become somewhat democratised and has assumed a greater importance and visibility in many aspects of quotidian lives. In the past, a subject like gastronomy was sometimes seen as less cerebral than other areas of study. However, gastronomy can now be viewed differently as it increasingly becomes more associated with the ‘upper senses’. These senses include hearing and sight and are reputed to allow more considered objective contemplation. There are many contemporary examples of food and wine intersecting with the art world and displaying a symbiotic relationship that is considerably more complex than the traditional dynamic that was the norm between subject and artist. This chapter will explore how food and wine have been seeping into traditional cultural fields of art and now even into music.
Food and drink were historically often associated with servitude. A burgeoning hospitality industry in the twentieth century certainly led to food and drink preparation and service being viewed in a somewhat negative light. Indeed, the topic of food and drink has been condemned in the past by Roger Scruton for being associated with the...
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