Philosophy Faculty Publications

Title

The Orchestral Workplace

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1994

Publication Source

Journal of Social Philosophy

Abstract

In this paper I argue that this tension arises from the power hierarchy which is an inherent structural feature of the orchestral workplace. In the first section I describe the musical tasks of the conductor and the musicians and explicate the power relations under which these tasks are performed. In Section II I use Marx's concept of alienated labor to point out that while the hierarchical power relations are necessary, they also stand in the way of musical responsiveness between conductor and musicians. Section III examines whether Plato's Republic can serve as a model for understanding the power relations in the orchestra.

Inclusive pages

26-39

ISBN/ISSN

0047-2786

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Volume

25

Issue

3

Peer Reviewed

yes