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Kramer, Lawrence 1946-

Works: 48 works in 265 publications in 1 language and 20,461 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Poetry  Musical settings  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler
Classifications: ML3800, 781.68
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Lawrence Kramer
Why classical music still matters by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In lucid and engaging prose, the book explores the sources of classical music's power in a variety of settings, from concert performance to film and TV, from everyday life to the historical trauma of September 11. Addressed to a wide audience, this book will appeal to aficionados and skeptics alike
Music and poetry, the nineteenth century and after by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music as cultural practice, 1800-1900 by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical music and postmodern knowledge by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A leading cultural theorist and musicologist opens up new possibilities for understanding mainstream Western art music--the "classical" music composed between the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries that is, for many, losing both its prestige and its appeal. When this music is regarded esoterically, removed from real-world interests, it increasingly sounds more evasive than transcendent. Now Lawrence Kramer shows how classical music can take on new meaning and new life when approached from postmodernist standpoints. Kramer draws out the musical implications of contemporary efforts to understand reason, language, and subjectivity in relation to concrete human activities rather than to universal principles. Extending the rethinking of musical expression begun in his earlier Music as Cultural Practice, he regards music not only as an object that invites aesthetic reception but also as an activity that vitally shapes the personal, social, and cultural identities of its listeners. Kramer provides an original account of the postmodernist ethos, explains its relationship to music, and explores that relationship in a series of case studies ranging from Haydn and Mendelssohn to Ives and Ravel. --From publisher's description
Opera and modern culture : Wagner and Strauss by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Opera is legendary for going to extremes - a tendency that has earned it a reputation for unreality. Opera and Modern Culture shows the reverse to be true. Kramer argues that for the past two centuries the preoccupation of a group of famous operas with the limits of supremacy and debasement helped to define a normality that seems the very opposite of the operatic. Exemplified in a series of beloved examples, a certain idea of opera - a fiction of opera - has contributed in key ways to the modern era's characterizations of desire, identity, and social order. Opera and Modern Culture exposes this process at work in operas by Richard Wagner, who put modernity on the agenda in ways no one after him could ignore, and by the young Richard Strauss. The book continues the initiative of much recent writing in treating opera as a multimedia rather than a primarily musical form. From Lohengrin and The Ring of the Niebelung to Salome and Elektra, it traces the rich interplay of operatic visions and voices and their contexts in the birth pangs of modern life."--Jacket
Beyond the soundtrack : representing music in cinema by Daniel Goldmark( Book )

20 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This groundbreaking collection by the most distinguished musicologists and film scholars in their fields gives long overdue recognition to music as equal to the image in shaping the experience of film. Refuting the familiar idea that music serves as an unnoticed prop for narrative, these essays demonstrate that music is a fully imagined and active power in the worlds of film. Even where films do give it a supporting role--and many do much more--music makes an independent contribution. Drawing on recent advances in musicology and cinema studies, Beyond the Soundtrack interprets the cinematic representation of music with unprecedented richness. The authors cover a broad range of narrative films, from the "silent" era (not so silent) to the present. Once we think beyond the soundtrack, this volume shows, there is no unheard music in cinema. [Publisher description]
Franz Schubert : sexuality, subjectivity, song by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first book to examine Schubert's songs as active shaping forces in the culture of their era rather than as mere reflections of it. Responding to rising new forms of social organisation, Schubert discovered that songs could serve as a medium for shuffling and reshuffling the basic building blocks of identity and desire, especially sexual desire. His songs project a kaleidoscopic array of unexpected human types, all of whom are eligible for a sympathetic response, even the strangest and most disconcerting. Schubert sought to validate these subjective types without subordinating them to a central social or sexual norm. The book describes and contextualises this process and tracks it concretely in a wide variety of songs. Combining close attention to both music and poetry, the book addresses both specialists and non-specialists in a lively, accessible style unburdened by excessive jargon [Publisher description]
After the lovedeath : sexual violence and the making of culture by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After the Lovedeath is a bold attempt to reinterpret the nature of sexual violence and to imagine the possibility of overcoming it. Lawrence Kramer traces today's sexual identities to the their nineteenth-century sources. He draws on the music, literature, and thought of the period to show how normal identity both promotes and rationalizes violence against women. Kramer explores this fatal normality in the self-contradictions of masculinity, the shifting alignments of femininity, authority, and desire, and the interdependency of hetero- and homosexuality. At the same time, he offers glimpses of a saving counter-normality through which gender can free itself from a rigid system of polarities."--Jacket
Musical meaning : toward a critical history by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawrence Kramer has been a pivotal figure in the development of the controversial new musicology, integrating the study of music with social and cultural issues. This book continues and deepens the trajectory of Kramer's thinking as it argues that humanistic meaning is a basic force in music history
Interpreting music by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpreting Music is a comprehensive essay on understanding musical meaning and performing music meaningfully"interpreting music" in both senses of the term. Synthesizing and advancing two decades of highly influential work, Lawrence Kramer fundamentally rethinks the concepts of work, score, performance, performativity, interpretation, and meaning--even the very concept of music--while breaking down conventional wisdom and received ideas. Kramer argues that music, far from being closed to interpretation, is ideally open to it, and that musical interpretation is the paradigm of interpretation in general. The book illustrates the many dimensions of interpreting music through a series of case studies drawn from the classical repertoire, but its methods and principles carry over to other repertoires just as they carry beyond music by working through music to wider philosophical and cultural questions [Publisher description]
Walt Whitman and modern music : war, desire, and the trials of nationhood( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expression and truth : on the music of knowledge by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expression and truth are traditional opposites in Western thought: expression supposedly refers to states of mind, truth to states of affairs. Expression and Truth rejects this opposition and proposes fluid new models of expression, truth, and knowledge with broad application to the humanities. These models derive from five theses that connect expression to description, cognition, the presence and absence of speech, and the conjunction of address and reply. The theses are linked by a concentration on musical expression, regarded as the ideal case of expression in general, and by fresh reading
Musical meaning and human values( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical understanding has evolved dramatically in recent years, principally through a heightened appreciation of musical meaning in its social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. This collection of essays by leading scholars addresses an aspect of meaning that has not yet received its due: the relation of meaning in this broad humanistic sense to the shaping of fundamental values. The volume examines the open and active circle between the values and valuations placed on music by both individuals and societies, and the discovery, through music, of what and how to value. With a combination of cultural criticism and close readings of musical works, the contributors demonstrate repeatedly that to make music is also to make value, in every sense. They give particular attention to values that have historically enabled music to assume a formative role in human societies: to foster practices of contemplation, fantasy, and irony; to explore sexuality, subjectivity, and the uncanny; and to articulate longings for unity with nature and for moral certainty. Each essay in the collection shows, in its own way, how music may provoke transformative reflection in its listeners and thus help guide humanity to its own essential embodiment in the world. The range of topics is broad and developed with an eye both to the historical specificity of values and to the variety of their possible incarnations. The music is both canonical and noncanonical, old and new. Although all of it is "classical," the contributors' treatment of it yields conclusions that apply well beyond the classical sphere. The composers discussed include Gabrieli, Marenzio, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner, Puccini, Hindemith, Schreker, and Henze. Anyone interested in music as it is studied today will find this volume essential reading
Drum-taps : the complete 1865 edition by Walt Whitman( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walt Whitman worked as a nurse in an army hospital during the Civil War and published Drum-Taps, his war poems, as the war was coming to an end. Later, the book came out in an expanded form, including "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's passionate elegy for Lincoln. The most moving and enduring poetry to emerge from America's most tragic conflict, Drum-Taps also helped to create a new, modern poetry of war, a poetry not just of patriotic exhortation but of somber witness. Drum-Taps is thus a central work not only of the Civil War but of our war-torn times. But Drum-Taps as readers know it from Leaves of Grass is different from the work of 1865. Whitman cut and reorganized the book, reducing its breadth of feeling and raw immediacy. This edition, the first to present the book in its original form since its initial publication 150 years ago, is a revelation, allowing one of Whitman's greatest achievements to appear again in all its troubling glory
Hart Crane's The bridge : an annotated edition by Hart Crane( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until now, there has been no single source to which a reader can go for help in understanding and enjoying Crane's vision. There has been no convenient guide to the poem's labyrinthine complexities and to its dense network of allusions--the "thousands of strands" that, Crane boasted, "had to be sorted out, researched, and interwoven" to compose the work. This book is that guide. Its detailed and far-reaching annotations make The Bridge fully accessible, for the first time, to its readers, whether they are scholars, students, or simply lovers of poetry. --Book Jacket
Critical musicology and the responsibility of response : selected essays by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does music move us? Lawrence Kramer suggests we should ask this old question in a different way: what is responsible for our response to music, and to what is our response responsible? These essays try to answer this question amongst many others, and by finding cultural meaning in music they exemplify the critical turn in musicology
The thought of music by Lawrence Kramer( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What, exactly, is knowledge of music? And what does it tell us about humanistic knowledge in general? The Thought of Music, completing a trilogy on musical understanding with Interpreting Music and Expression and Truth, grapples directly with these fundamental questions--questions especially compelling at a time when humanistic knowledge is enmeshed in debates about its character and future. Lawrence Kramer seeks answers in both thought about music and thought in music--thinking in tones. He skillfully assesses musical scholarship in the aftermath of critical musicology and musical hermeneutics and in view of more recent concerns with embodiment, affect, and performance. This authoritative and timely work challenges the prevailing conceptions of every topic it addresses: language, context, and culture; pleasure and performance; and, through music, the foundations of understanding in the humanities."--Page 4 de la couverture
On voice by Walter Bernhart( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays collected here raise a simple but rarely asked question: just what, exactly, is voice? From this founding question, many others proliferate: Is voice an animal category, as Aristotle thought? Or is it distinctively human? Is it essentially related to language? To music? To song and singing? Is it a mark of presence or of absence? Is it a kind of object? How is our sense of voice affected by the development of recording technology? The authors in this volume approach such questions primarily by turning away from a general idea of voice and instead investigating what can be learned by attending to the qualities and acts of particular voices. The range is wide: from Poe's Ligeia to Woolf's The Waves, from Jussi Björling to Waltraud Meier, from song to oratorio to opera and beyond. Throughout, consistent with the volume's origin in papers delivered at the eighth biennial meeting of the International Association for Word and Music Studies, the role of voice in joining or separating words and music is paramount. These studies address key topics in musicology, literary criticism, philosophy, aesthetics, and performance studies, and will also appeal to practicing musicians
Walt Whitman and modern music( Recording )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical Meaning and Human Values by Lawrence Kramer( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names

Kramer, Lawrence Eliot 1946-

Lawrence Kramer (musicologist) Amerikaans componist

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English (222)

Music as cultural practice, 1800-1900Classical music and postmodern knowledgeOpera and modern culture : Wagner and StraussBeyond the soundtrack : representing music in cinemaFranz Schubert : sexuality, subjectivity, songAfter the lovedeath : sexual violence and the making of cultureMusical meaning : toward a critical historyInterpreting music