ABSTRACT

Jacques Attali saw the transformations that have taken place throughout the history of music production and listening as anticipations of momentous social and political changes. Music and its evolution can unravel the constitutive and compositional mechanisms of social dynamics. Music exists in order to interpret and give a sign to change: it becomes the announcement of a future society. Returning to music and to its ability to anticipate the future, Attali leads the artists through a reinterpretation of some crucial moments. Music is not only a range of sounds ordered rationally: behind pure syntax there is a sense of music. Music is a “dialectical confrontation with the course of time”, says the French philosopher Michel Serres. In Attali's interpretation of the relationship between music and political economy, the impending future finds in music the announcement of its own coming.