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By Giles Hooper

In The Discourse of Musicology, Giles Hooper considers a couple of concerns valuable to contemporary debates in regards to the nature and course of latest musicology. the 1st a part of the ebook seeks to situate and significantly reconsider the alleged 'postmodern' flip in musical scholarship. Then, in trying to triumph over many of the difficulties commonly linked to postmodern thought, Hooper attracts at the paintings of Jürgen Habermas so one can interpret musicology as a kind of institutionalized discourse and to suggest a normative framework for the type of wisdom during which it will probably legitimately factor. the second one a part of the ebook makes a speciality of the options of 'mediation' and the 'music itself' and engages with the paintings of influential serious theorist, Theodor Adorno, and the modern musicologist, Lawrence Kramer. ultimately Hooper compares and contrasts a few assorted methods to Mahler's 9th Symphony. The author's underlying goal all through is to question no matter if, and the way, it's attainable to increase a style of musicological enquiry that's either epistemologically strong and even as in a position to answering the call for that it reveal its social, political and moral relevance.

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