Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | The Present-day Composer: Performing Individuality and Producing on Commission

Title:
The Present-day Composer: Performing Individuality and Producing on Commission
Author:
Alf Arvidsson: Umeå University, Sweden
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
054
Pages:
515-520
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


The division of music into art; popular and folk music is a social rather than a stylistic one; and the distinctions between them are maintained through discursive work rather than through musical performance. Still; in research they are normally treated as distinct autonomous sectors functioning according to their own inherent logics. In the research program ‚ÄúThe conditions of music-making ‚Äď between cultural policy; economics and aesthetics‚ÄĚ; including researchers at Ume√• university Department of Culture and Media Studies and Svenskt Visarkiv (the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research); we try to apply a comparative perspective to them; by focusing on musicians relying on an image of autonomous artistic individuality; regardless of genre.1 This includes musicians/composers within contemporary art music; jazz; folk and rock/pop ‚Äď genres all accepted in the Swedish cultural policy grants system; although treated in different ways. Immediately it should be said that although we put the musicians on par with each other; and that the crossing; blurring and dissolution of genre borders are constantly hailed as desirable qualities in music of artistic pretentions; the same borders are effectively at work in the ways music is socially organised; with different clubs; concert halls; radio shows; festivals and academic programs keeping up genre borders just by labelling. As the subtitle indicates; we study how music made with artistic ambitions is produced on fields where the forces of cultural policy; mediatisation; commercialism; event-making; and audiences are in various combinations forming the space available.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Alf Arvidsson
Title:
The Present-day Composer: Performing Individuality and Producing on Commission
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Alf Arvidsson
Title:
The Present-day Composer: Performing Individuality and Producing on Commission
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