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Kurt Blaukopf on Music Sociology – an Anthology

2nd Unrevised Edition

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Edited By Tasos Zembylas

This anthology contains seven texts by Kurt Blaukopf (1914–1999) that exemplify the sociological and epistemological position of this pioneer of Austrian music sociology. Blaukopf’s efforts were aimed at a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach and analysis of music as a cultural phenomenon and as social practice. The primary aim of this anthology is to make Blaukopf’s work better known in the English-speaking world. It offers the interested reader a fruitful analysis of the relation between music sociology and its sister disciplines, e.g. musicology, a solid analysis in terms of the philosophy of science on the possibilities and limits of music sociology, and a highly topical discussion about the significance of intrinsic artistic aspects in music sociology.
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The Concept of Progress in Music Sociology

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If one tends to assume that “ways to a formulated theory of progress in music are in principle possible”,2 then it is recommendable to examine the aspects in music where it is possible to talk of progress. Music sociology poses itself this question. It distinguishes at least three such aspects:

a)    progress in artistic development itself;

b)    progress in the development and use of the technical means employed for the creation and dissemination of music;

c)    progress in the realisation of the democratic policy demand to facilitate participation in music culture and access to music culture for the greatest possible number of people.

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