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“Music, much as people take snapshots during vacation”: An Outline of Mimetic Prospects in Musical Modernism
“Music, much as people take snapshots during vacation”: An Outline of Mimetic Prospects in Musical Modernism

Author(s): Andraž Jež
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Music, Studies of Literature, Slovenian Literature
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: twentieth-century art; contemporary music; modernism; postmodernism; avant-garde; musique concrète; minimalist music; photorealism

Summary/Abstract: It has often been said that after 1900 formal modernism diminished the role of the mimetic (i.e., imitation or representation) in all arts. This article opposes such a general conclusion. Formal modernism in art did not represent any general relationship to the mimetic; rather, it questioned the traditional relationship to forms of representation within each particular art form. Although a traditional notion of mimesis indeed makes it possible to see a good deal of literature and the visual arts as less mimetic after 1900, twentieth-century music discovered unprecedented representational possibilities, which are illustrated with the case of musique concrète. In the last section, the article reflects on its thesis with a comparative perspective on the postmodernist turn in various arts.

  • Issue Year: 65/2022
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 93-105
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English