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Sounds, Societies, Significations

Numanistic Approaches to Music

  • Rima Povilionienė


  • Covers music as a whole, from art to popular music, deploying an organic, non-elite approach to musical phenomena

  • Refers to repertoires and contexts that are not often analysed within musicology

  • Investigates musical phenomena in their interaction with current issues and societies


Part of the Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress book series (NAHP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Musical Creation and Perception as a Socio-cultural Phenomena

  3. Establishing the Musical Identities. Cultural, Political and Social Perspectives

  4. Analytical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Musical Text

  5. Research into Popular Music

About this book


This edited book covers many topics in musicological literature, gathering various approaches to music studies that encapsulate the vivid relation music has to society. It focusses on repertoires and geographical areas that have not previously been well frequented in musicology. As readers will see, music has many roles to play in society. Music can be a generator of social phenomena, or a result of them; it can enhance or activate social actions, or simply co-habit with them. Above all, music has a stable position within society, in that it actively participates in it. Music can either describe or prescribe social aspects; musicians may have a certain position/role in society (e.g., the “popstar” as fashion leader, spokesman for political issues, etc.). Depending on the type of society, music may have a certain “meaning” or “function” (music does not mean the same thing everywhere in the world). Lastly, music can define a society, and it is not uncommon for it to best define a particular historical moment.

Case-studies in this work provide visibility for musical cultures that are rarely exposed in the dominant musicological discourse. Several contributions combine musicological analysis with "insider-musician" points of view. Some essays in the collection address the cultural clash between certain types of music/musicians and the respective institutional counterparts, while certain contributing authors draw on experimental research findings.

Throughout this book we see how musics are socially significant, and - at the same time - that societies are musically significant too. Thus the book will appeal to musicologists, cultural scholars and semioticians, amongst others.


Numanities Music Society Interdisciplinarity Cultural Context Politics Semiotics Italian Music Polish Music Lithuanian Music Romanian Music Finnish Music Musical perception Musical signification

Editors and affiliations

  • Rima Povilionienė
    • 1
  1. 1.International Semiotics InstituteKaunas University of TechnologyKaunasLithuania

About the editors

Rima Povilionienė (b. 1975), musicologist, PhD in humanities (2007). In 2004, she was on internship at the Institute of Musicology at Leipzig University; in 2012, on a scientific internship at IRCAM, Paris. Povilionienė holds senior researcher position at the International Semiotics Institute (ISI) of Kaunas University of Technology; she is an associate professor at the Department of Musicology of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT), assistant editor-in-chief of the scientific yearly Lithuanian Musicology and an editor at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic; in 2008–2015, she was a senior researcher at the Centre of Science of the LAMT. Povilionienė has published a monograph, a scientific study and up to 20 scientific articles. Her scientific research was presented at the conferences in Lithuania, Poland, UK, Singapore, France, and Italy. She has compiled over 10 publications and published more than 150 critic reviews. In 2008, Povilionienė was awarded the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences citation for doctoral thesis, and the Lithuanian Ministry of Education 1st prize for the study book Music Language: Baroque. Her monograph Musica Mathematica (2013) was awarded Vytautas Landsbergis prize for the best musicological work 2013.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sounds, Societies, Significations
  • Book Subtitle Numanistic Approaches to Music
  • Editors Rima Povilionienė
  • Series Title Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress
  • Series Abbreviated Title Numanities - Arts and Humanities in Progress
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-47059-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83652-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-47060-3
  • Series ISSN 2510-442X
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-4438
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 105 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Creativity and Arts Education
    Cultural Heritage
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