The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music / Edition 2

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What does it mean philosophically, musically, and historically to speak about music in terms of 'works'? Lydia Goehr moves elegantly and persuasively toward an answer, describing how the concept of a musical work fully crystallized around 1800, and subsequently defined the norms, expectations, and behavioral patterns that have come to characterize classical musical practice. In the context of a more general philosophical account of the rise and fall of concepts and ideal, and of their normative functions, Goehr also addresses debates among conductors, early-music performers, and avant-gardists. The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works is seminal scholarship, having appeared in an astonishing variety of contexts and disciplines from musicological to philosophical since its initial publication. This revised edition features a new Introductory Essay by the author and a provocative foreword by Richard Taruskin.

About the Author:
Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory at Columbia

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Editorial Reviews

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"Goehr's position and discussion are sober, carefully reasoned, clearly set out, and remarkably persuasive."--Choice

"A novel and definitive study of a concept of major importance in both the history of music and the philosophy of music."--Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"A splendid historical investigation."--James Grier, Yale University

"'This is a brilliant and fascinating book... a book to be read by anyone interested in music and concerned for the health of our culture."--Music and Letters

"One of the most exciting books on music to appear for a long time... exceptional, clearly the product of a fresh, imaginative, lucid mind... the style is elegant and the argument neatly and persuasively constructed. the book is eminently readable and at the same time exhilarating for the way in which it stimulates the mind... this book cannot fail to be essential reading for a long time to come... with this volume we have a feast par excellence!"--Times Higher Educational Supplement

"Goehr brings the conceptual arsenal of her field productively to bear upon the subject."--Common Knowledge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195324785
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 598,948
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory at Columbia University. She is also author The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy, the forthcoming Elective Affinities: Musical Essays of the History of Aesthetic Theory, and co-editor of The Don Giovanni Moment: Essays on the Legacy of an Opera.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard Taruskin
Introductory Essay: His Master's Choice by Lydia Goehr
Part I. The Analytic Approach
1. A Nominalist Theory of Musical Works
2. A Platonist Theory of Musical Works
3. The Limits of Analysis and the Need for History
Part II. The Historical Approach
4. The Central Claim
5. Musical Meaning: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment
6. Musical Meaning:
7. Musical Production without the Work-Concept
8. After 1800: The Beethoven Paradigm
9. Werktreue: Confirmation and Challenge in Contemporary Movements
Bibliography of Works Cited

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