Lancaster EPrints

Theorizing Musical Ritual.

Venn, Edward (2010) Theorizing Musical Ritual. In: 13th International Doctoral and Postdoctoral Seminar on Musical Semiotics, 2010-03-07 - 2010-03-11. (Unpublished)

Full text not available from this repository.


Music has had a long association with ritual practice, and is used to provide a variety of iconic, indexical and symbolic functions within the ritual framework. In its interactions with other ritual objects and actions, music loses its identity as “music” and – from a semantic viewpoint at least – becomes an indivisible part of the ritual whole. The functional nature of ‘ritual’ music means that it is almost never considered from an aesthetic-philosophical viewpoint. Conversely, music that is the focus of such analysis (whether it is ‘art’ or ‘popular’) has rarely been considered from a ritual standpoint. Given the ubiquity of ritual in human (and possibly animal) behaviour, I argue that the possibility exists for its structures and processes to find expression within musical forms. In this paper, I shall outline some of the necessary conditions for ‘ritual thinking’ in music, along with the interpretative opportunities this observation gives rise to.

Item Type: Contribution to Conference (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title: 13th International Doctoral and Postdoctoral Seminar on Musical Semiotics
Subjects: ?? m1 ??
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 34693
Deposited By: Dr Edward Venn
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2010 11:49
Refereed?: No
Published?: Unpublished
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 00:09
Identification Number:

Actions (login required)

View Item