The Fine Art of Repetition: Essays in the Philosophy of Music

The Fine Art of Repetition: Essays in the Philosophy of Music

by Peter Kivy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521434629

ISBN-13: 9780521434621

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Peter Kivy is the author of many books on the philosophy of art and, in particular, the aesthetics of music. This collection of essays spans a period of some thirty years and focuses on a richly diverse set of issues: the biological origin of music, the role of music in the liberal education, the nature of the musical work and its performance, the aesthetics of opera,…  See more details below

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Peter Kivy is the author of many books on the philosophy of art and, in particular, the aesthetics of music. This collection of essays spans a period of some thirty years and focuses on a richly diverse set of issues: the biological origin of music, the role of music in the liberal education, the nature of the musical work and its performance, the aesthetics of opera, the emotions of music, and the very nature of music itself. Some of these subjects are viewed as part of the history of ideas, others as current problems in the philosophy of art.

A particular feature of the volume is that Kivy avoids the use of musical notation so that no technical knowledge at all is required to appreciate his work. Thus, the essays will prove enjoyable and insightful not just to professionals in the philosophy of art and musicologists, or to musicians themselves, but also to any motivated general reader with a deep interest in music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521434621
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Prelude: Music and Us
IMusic and the liberal education11
Work and Performance
IIPlatonism in music: A kind of defense35
IIIPlatonism in music: Another kind of defense59
IVOrchestrating Platonism75
VLive performances and dead composers: On the ethics of musical interpretation95
VIOn the concept of the "historically authentic" performance117
The World of Opera
VIIOpera talk: A philosophical "phantasie"137
VIIIHow did Mozart do it?: Living conditions in the world of opera160
IXHow did Mozart do it?: Replies to some critics178
Music and the History of Ideas
XMozart and monotheism: An essay in spurious aesthetics189
XIChild Mozart as an aesthetic symbol200
XIICharles Darwin on music214
Music and Emotion
XIIIMattheson as philosopher of art229
XIVKant and the Affektenlehre: What he said, and what I wish he had said250
XVSomething I've always wanted to know about Hanslick265
XVIWhat was Hanslick denying?276
XVIIA new music criticism?296
Music Alone
XVIIIThe fine art of repetition327
XIXIs music an art?360

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