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date: 17 January 2019

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In the introduction, the “art of listening” is established as a heuristic tool and a historiographical concept with which to study and evaluate the history of music listening. Using Peter Gay’s formulation of the concept as a starting point to reformulate and define the art of listening in a systematic way, the introduction gives an overview of more than two hundred years in the evolution and distribution of music listening by interweaving the twenty-one chapters of the volume. Special attention is given to methodological issues that a history of an invisible and amorphous subject has to face and to establishing a framework for writing such a history.

Keywords: art of listening, aesthetic hierarchies, cultural turn, historicity of listening, implicit listener, listener types, listening behavior, modes of listening, norms of listening, plurality of listening

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