Book Review:"Song Means

Analyzing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song," by Allan Moore (Ashgate, 2012)

Moore's two-pronged perspective on how "musicians parade their integrity" (265) is one of the more interesting aspects of his exploration of authenticity: authenticity can be thought of from the standpoint of a performance practice in a specific style ("purity of practice") or from the perspective of being honest to the performer's own personal practice ("honesty to experience") (264). According to Moore, anything that is perceived can serve as the subject or inspiration for a song, and because of the historical and referential nature of the compositional process, all songs necessarily have an element of intertextuality.

Journal Music Theory Online
Year 2013
Volume 19
Pages np

Endrinal, Christopher (2013) Book Review:"Song Means: Analyzing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song," by Allan Moore (Ashgate, 2012). In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 19, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/85541/.

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