The Destiny of the Phenomenon and the Concept of “Genre” in the Musical Culture of the Contemporary Times

Alla G. Korobova


The article is devoted to the phenomenon of musical genre, which is examined as being at the crossroads of artistic practice and theoretical conceptions. Emphasis is placed on the peculiarities of the formation of the contemporary theory of musical genres, stipulated, on one hand, by its connections with the general theory of genres (in aesthetics and literary criticism) at its critical stage, and on the other hand – with the processes of genre-formation, which have undergone a transformation in the musical culture of Contemporary Times. Special attention is given the methodological aspects of the theory of genre.

Keywords: genre, theory of genres, contemporary music, mode of genre

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