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Penser le jazz : une contribution philosophique

Abstract : This study aims at answering the following question: what is jazz music? Starting with its musical specificities, I would like to reach the way jazz music is deeply linked to American social and cultural background. More than a simple definition, I tried to analyze it in order to reveal its inherent values and understand its historical context. To think about jazz music is to build an aesthetic coherence. Since jazz is not only swing and sounds, a proper jazz study must consider its origins by means of a genealogical method: why these people played such music at this precise moment? Musicological debates need social philosophy and historical sciences. This task has to take into account that it is a popular music emerging from the occidental and african music clash, all of this happening in a segregation context. If some can see music as abstraction, they leave out the very concrete and playful reality of jazz music. We play jazz, we dance jazz, it becomes movements, body attitudes and, by being so, requires more than a simple musicological analysis. My reflection is based on the following presupposition: jazz music takes part of the American Weltanschauung. This is the reason why I see jazz as a good introduction to American Cultural Studies and post-jazz musical theories.
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Cécile Roux. Penser le jazz : une contribution philosophique. Philosophie. 2013. ⟨dumas-00875860⟩



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