Sunday, June 22, 2008

Reading with Youtube

"Thus, among works of music, the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Concerto for the Left Hand (which, as will become aooarent, are distinguished by the modes of acquisition and consumption which they presuppose), are opposed to the Strauss waltzes and the Saber Dance, pieces which are are devalued either by belonging to a lower genre ('light music') or by their popularization (since the dialectic of distinction and pretension designates as devalued 'middle-brow' art those legitimate works which become 'popularized'), just as, in the world of song, Georges Brassens and Leo Ferre are opposed to Georges Guetary and Petula CLark, these differences corresponding in each case to differences in educational capital." Bourdieu, Distinction - p. 14.

Glenn Gould, JS Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier

Leon Fleisher et al, Maurice Ravel - Concerto for the Left Hand

Wiener Philharmoniker, Johann Strauss - The Blue Danube

Berlin Philharmoniker, Aram Khachaturian - Sabre Dance from Gayane

George Brassens - La Mauvaise Reputation

Léo Ferré - "La Solitude"

Georges Guetary - "Le berger Mexicain"

Petula Clark - "Downtown"


Blogger Scantron said...

May I just say, this is an excellent use of the internet.

Your next assignment is to pull a youtube video for every Zizek pop culture reference.

10:21 AM  
Blogger John Liberty said...

those are some serious distinctions. the more intellectual group was too much. what is educational capital? is he talking about education? because i think it has to do with money more than education - a dumb person who is rich can still enjoy, appreciate, and develop a taste for high brow art regardless of his institutional education.

11:32 PM  
Blogger John Liberty said...

im glad your reading this book - it is fitting.

11:33 PM  

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