Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, And The Ineffable by Michael GallopeDeep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, And The Ineffable by Michael Gallope

Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, And The Ineffable

byMichael Gallope

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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We often say that music is ineffable, that it does not refer to anything outside of itself. But if music, in all its sensuous flux, does not mean anything in particular, might it still have a special kind of philosophical significance?
In Deep Refrains, Michael Gallope draws together the writings of Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari in order to revisit the age-old question of music’s ineffability from a modern perspective. For these nineteenth- and twentieth-century European philosophers, music’s ineffability is a complex phenomenon that engenders an intellectually productive sense of perplexity. Through careful examination of their historical contexts and philosophical orientations, close attention to their use of language, and new interpretations of musical compositions that proved influential for their work, Deep Refrains forges the first panoptic view of their writings on music. Gallope concludes that music’s ineffability is neither a conservative phenomenon nor a pious call to silence. Instead, these philosophers ask us to think through the ways in which music’s stunning force might address, in an ethical fashion, intricate philosophical questions specific to the modern world.
Michael Gallope is assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, as well as affiliate faculty in the Department of American Studies and the program in Moving Image Studies.  
Title:Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, And The IneffableFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

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Prelude: A Paradox of the Ineffable
0.1 Schopenhauer’s Deep Copy
0.2 The Platonic Solutions
0.3 Four Dialectical Responses (after Nietzsche)

1 Bloch’s Tone
1.1 The Tone
1.2 The Natural Klang
1.3 The Expressive Tone
1.4 Bloch’s Magic Rattle
1.5 The Tone’s Ineffable Utopia
1.6 The Event-Forms
1.7 A Dialectical Account of Music History
1.8 Utopian Musical Speech

2 Adorno’s Musical Fracture
2.1 Adorno’s Tone
2.2 Adorno’s Conception of History
2.3 Tendenz des Materials
2.4 Music’s Language-Like Ineffability
2.5 The Immanent Critique
2.6 The Paradox of Mahler’s Vernacular
2.7 The Curve of Inconsistency

Interlude: Wittgenstein’s Silence

3 Jankélévitch’s Inconsistency
3.1 Bergson and the Inconsistency of Time
3.2 The Aporetic Source of Fidelity
3.3 Charme
3.4 Cosmic Silence
3.5 Unwoven Dialectics

4 Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhythm
4.1 Deleuze’s Rhythm
4.2 The Rhythm of Sense
4.3 A Structuralist Quadrivium
4.4 The Rhythm of Life
4.5 Sonorous Coextensions

Conclusion: A Paradox of the Vernacular
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Editorial Reviews

"Writers on music often encounter the ineffable only to glance quickly off of it, launching a defensive salvo in retreat. In Deep Refrains, Michael Gallope moves in the opposite direction, meditating ever more intently on music’s aporias, which he maps in exhilarating philosophical detail. Eschewing polemic in favor of nimble argument and generous explanation, Gallope opens our ears to arresting sympathetic resonances between diverse thinkers—Schopenhauer, Bloch, Adorno, Wittgenstein, Jankélévitch, Deleuze and Guattari—all of whom have confronted music's potential to elude talk. Gallope deftly braids their insights to reveal a music at once deeper and more precise than we had known."