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Scott Burnham, Sounding Values: Selected Essays (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2010). xviii + 328 pp. £105.00. ISBN 978‐0‐7546‐2886‐6 (hb). Nicole ...

Scott Burnham, Sounding Values: Selected Essays (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2010). xviii +... By their nature, edited collections open a prismatic window onto their putative topic. When successful, by virtue of both the quality of the individual contributions and the cogency of the organising logic, the component parts will cohere and inter‐relate to render an intellectual constellation greater than the sum of its parts; when less successful, they risk presenting an arbitrary aggregation wherein, at best, the brighter stars may simply throw into wan relief their less lustrous neighbours. Neither of the collections under review is guilty of the latter; but nor does either fully realise the former. In a different way, each is an invitation to a kind of retrospective reappraisal. The eighteen essays generously included in Scott Burnham's selection fall naturally into the two parts into which the book is divided: the first nine reflect Burnham's engagement with theory and analysis; and the second nine his engagement, as a theorist and analyst, with the works of canonic European composers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While few, if any, of us ever succeed in rendering the reality of our analytical‐critical engagements in a manner that is entirely consistent with the abstraction of our discursive‐disciplinary musings, the organisation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Scott Burnham, Sounding Values: Selected Essays (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2010). xviii + 328 pp. £105.00. ISBN 978‐0‐7546‐2886‐6 (hb). Nicole ...

Music Analysis , Volume 33 (3) – Jan 1, 2014

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Music Analysis © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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1468-2249
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By their nature, edited collections open a prismatic window onto their putative topic. When successful, by virtue of both the quality of the individual contributions and the cogency of the organising logic, the component parts will cohere and inter‐relate to render an intellectual constellation greater than the sum of its parts; when less successful, they risk presenting an arbitrary aggregation wherein, at best, the brighter stars may simply throw into wan relief their less lustrous neighbours. Neither of the collections under review is guilty of the latter; but nor does either fully realise the former. In a different way, each is an invitation to a kind of retrospective reappraisal. The eighteen essays generously included in Scott Burnham's selection fall naturally into the two parts into which the book is divided: the first nine reflect Burnham's engagement with theory and analysis; and the second nine his engagement, as a theorist and analyst, with the works of canonic European composers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While few, if any, of us ever succeed in rendering the reality of our analytical‐critical engagements in a manner that is entirely consistent with the abstraction of our discursive‐disciplinary musings, the organisation

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