Cited by Soundpost as "exceptional and revolutionary" upon its publication in 1977, Music, Society, Schooling has develop into a basic within the examine of music as a social power. Christopher Small units out to look at the social implications of Western classical music, results that till lately have been largely ignored or dismissed by most musicologists. He strives to view the Western musical custom "by means of the mirror of those different musics [Balinese and African] because it had been from the surface, and in so doing to study one thing of the interior unstated nature of Western tradition as an entire." As sequence co-editor Robert Walser writes, "By pointing to the complicity of Western tradition with Western imperialism, Small challenges us to create a future that's extra humane than the previous. And by writing a e-book that allows us to rethink so basically our involvements with music, he teaches us how we would get there."
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