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Kurt Blaukopf on Music Sociology – an Anthology

2nd Unrevised Edition


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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We are grateful to several publishers who generously gave us the permission to translate and publish the Kurt Blaukopf’s texts in this anthology. Please note that all copyrights are reserved to the original publishers.

Goals of the Sociology of Music – © Michael Blaukopf

Music Praxis as the Subject of Sociology – © Verlag Leben-Kunst-Wissenschaft, Klausen-Leopoldsdorf

Max Weber and Music Sociology – © Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich

The Concept of Progress in Music Sociology – © von Bockel Verlag, Neumünster

The Mediamorphosis of Music as Global Phenomenon – © Michael Blaukopf

The Sociological Concept of the Kunstwollen and its origins in the Austrian School of Art History and Musicology – © Laaber-Verlag GmbH, Laaber

The Sociology of Art in the Orchestra of the Sciences– © Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main

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